Motorist Safety

Motorists Should Not Park in Bicycle Lanes

Motorists may make turns across a bicycle lane to enter a parking space or to enter a drive-way, etc., as long as they signal their intention and yield to bicyclists.

When Parked Next to a Bicycle Lane

Motorists should always look for bicyclists before opening their car door.

Watch for bicyclists at all times

  • Bicycles are vehicles and bicyclists may take the entire lane.
  • Scan for bicyclists in traffic and give them the appropriate right-of-way.
  • Children and novice riders can be unpredictable; expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for bicyclists before opening car doors.
  • Before making a turn, look in all directions for bicyclists.
  • Don’t drive after consuming alcohol or other drugs.
  • Don’t drive distracted, which includes the use of cell phones, other hand held devices, or other activities that take your attention away from the road while driving.
  • For maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on.

Drive the speed and avoid aggressive maneuvers

  • Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at stop signs.
  • Allow extra time for bicyclists to cross intersections.
  • Recognize hazards that bicyclists may face and give them space to maneuver.

Pass bicyclists with care

  • Treat bicyclists as you would a slow-moving car. Don’t tailgate; wait until traffic conditions allow you to safely pass the bicyclist.
  • Reduce speed when passing bicyclists and allow at least 3 feet of passing space.
  • Check over your shoulder after passing a bicyclist before moving back into the lane.
  • Don’t honk your horn in close proximity to bicyclists; this behavior often startles them and could cause them to crash.