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September Safety Series - Back-to-school: Sharing the road with bicyclists

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ped xing signOur back-to-school September Safety Series is a three-part series focusing on safety around school zones and neighborhood areas where children are present. Here are a few things to keep in mind when traveling in areas where children are present and encountering buses, bikes and child pedestrians.

Part II: Sharing the road with bicyclists

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on most roadways as drivers do. Children riding bikes are inexperienced, don’t use proper judgment, and don’t often know the rules of the road. Exercise caution when sharing the road with young bicyclists.

  • When passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction as you, slow down, and move over if you can do so safely.
  • Allow the bicyclist to enter and exit intersections first before making a right or left turn into their path.
  • Watch for bicyclists turning in front of you. Children don’t often use hand signals or look behind them when turning.
  • Check your blind spots when turning, opening your car door, or backing out of driveways. Bicyclists are difficult to see behind cars or other obstructions.

Information from the National Safety Council.

Read more about our September Safety Series

>>  Part I:  Sharing the road with buses
>>  Part II:  Sharing the road with bicyclists
>>  Part III:  Sharing the road with child pedestrians