Traffic, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Safety Tips

Kirkhof Traffic with Bicycles

Bicycle Safety Tips for Motorists

In all states, cyclists are considered by law to be drivers of vehicles and are entitled to the same rights on the road as motorists. Treat them as you would any slow-moving vehicle.

  • Wait until it is safe to pass a bicycle and abstain from tailgating.
  • Give cyclists the right of way when the situation calls for it.
  • Allow extra time for cyclists to go through intersections.
  • Recognize road hazards that may be dangerous for cyclists and give cyclists the required space to deal with them.
  • Watch out for cyclists when you are making a left or right turn.
  • When backing out of your driveway always look to see if someone is riding in your path.

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Pedestrian & Bicyclist Safety

  • Look both ways before you cross in the crosswalk, and keep looking as you cross.
  • Do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you or will automatically stop for you.
  • Wear bright reflective clothing at night, in the evening, in the early morning hours, and during inclement weather.
  • Learn the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws.
  • Check for traffic. Always be aware of the traffic around you.
  • If crossing in a crosswalk, bicyclists must come to a complete stop and look both ways before proceeding through the crosswalk.
  • Protect your head. Wear a helmet.


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