If you’re not a cyclist and you don’t really consort with cyclists, you can easily fall victim to seeing them as the “other.” They don’t belong on the road, you think. The truth is that the road is meant to be shared. Motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists–we are all on the same team! In the spirit of safety and unity, we’ve compiled some rules for sharing the road with cyclists.
Bike lanes are for bikes. Don’t park anywhere that blocks the bike lane. This creates an extremely dangerous situation for cyclists because they now have to ride into traffic to go around your parked car. Speaking of the bike lane—when making a right turn, check your blind spot—particularly for cyclists.
It helps to understand the unique challenges that cyclists face. For instance, cyclists sometimes don’t like to ride right next to parked cars for fear of being “doored.” That’s when the driver of a parked car suddenly opens their door and cyclist runs right into it, possibly sustaining serious injury.
Also know that just like with motorists, some cyclists are better and/or more responsible than others. Try to approach the occasional bad cyclist with as much patience as you would a bad motorist.
A good way of thinking is to pretend that each cyclist you see is a friend or a family member. Wouldn’t you want them to be safe on the road? We at Langs Chevrolet sure hope you would!