How to share the roads?
I will preface this by saying I am a cyclist and a car owner. I suppose this gives me a greater insight into the tension I see everyday between cyclists and drivers.
I learned how to drive on the east coast in Massachusetts where cyclists were few and far between on the shoulders of the roads (bike lanes are catching on). I never really had to check my rearview and side mirrors for a car and a cyclist, just a car. Now I am in Boulder, Colorado and there are cyclists everywhere. From those in bike lane to those keeping up with traffic, they are something to be aware of at all times.
What I wanted to bring up today is this: what can cyclists and drivers do to share the road in the safest way? Here is what I found out from Boulder’s Bicyclists Rights and Responsibilities Page:
“Obey all regulatory signs and traffic lights
Just ‘cause you lost your training wheels, you don’t rule the road. Your bike is considered a vehicle, just like a car, and you must obey traffic laws… Stop completely at lights and stop signs.
Enter crosswalks at pedestrian speed.
Lighten Up: Use a headlight mounted to your handlebars at night. Equip your bike with rear and side reflectors. It’s the law.
Use hand signals.
As a driver I cannot plead more for EVERY CYCLIST riding at night to have some form of light. It scares me (as a cyclist and driver) to be constantly looking for a person who will not show up unless my headlights are on them.
That is careless and disrespectful.
Now there is no driver’s responsibilities page but I think it would include:
- Stop COMPLETELY before the crosswalk when taking a right hand turn.
- Give an open car doors length when passing (especially on residential streets).
Now I have to ask for your help. Is there anything that should be added to the list?