Tuesday, June 28, 2016

how to safely pass a person riding a bicycle

Momentum Magazine ran a piece with some very useful advice on how to safely pass a person riding a bicycle.

If you drive, please take a few minutes to read it and use these suggestions in your everyday driving.  You could save a life.

Photo by Richard Masoner - linked to article
Most states have a law requiring drivers to leave at least 3 feet of clear space between their vehicle and cyclists they are passing.  When drivers routinely fail to do this, it's a big reason for cyclists taking to the sidewalk (not legal in Chicago over age 12 - for pedestrian safety).

When necessary, cyclists are legally allowed to take the full lane.  There are times when it is necessary for their safety, especially when they are passing parked cars and it isn't always clear if or when a car door might open into the cyclist's path of travel.  Drivers are required to look before opening car doors and NOT open them until it is safe for them to do so.

Here's a CDOT flyer with more helpful info.  Let's work together to make our streets safer for everyone to get around.

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