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Keeping Our Cyclists Safe

The bicycle is often thought of as one of the purest forms of transportation. We owe much of our modern transportation environment, including our roadways, to the early development and use of the bicycle.

In modern times the bicycle offers people of all ages and abilities an efficient form of transportation, a way to school, work, or errands, and provides a viable alternative to the use of the motor vehicle.

Safe passing is the motorist’s responsibility.

  1. Yield to cyclists at intersections as you would for other vehicles and pedestrians.

  2. Do not drive or park in designated bicycle lanes or paths unless you are turning or in an emergency.

  3. Extend special courtesy and care to inexperienced riders, especially children.

Shared roadways highlight the legal right of bicyclists to operate in the travel lane without providing a dedicated facility or space. They can be identified by signage and/or pavement markings. Bicycle boulevards, bike routes, shared lane markings, bus/bike lanes, and other shared designations are all identified as shared roadways although the level of comfort for bicyclists can vary widely.

These facilities are often used to fill a network gap – connecting two paths, trails, or bike lanes. However, when installed on busier streets, they are often insufficient to encourage the average person to ride a bicycle and can provide a false sense of protection for bicyclists.

When passing, you must move into an adjacent lane to the left if possible. If not, you must pass with at least 3 feet of clearance between your car and the bicycle.

If you've been injured on your bicycle because of a driver's negligence, contact us at 702.384.9800 for a free consultation.

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