brilliant!Posted: August 6, 2013
The 2013 California Driver’s Handbook addresses cycling safety! Among the issues covered: sharrows (shared-use lane markings), bike lanes, and bikes within a travel lane. Oh how I wish every driver would be required to read this every time they have to renew their license. How many times have I been yelled at to get off the road?
Respect the right-of-way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with other drivers. Here are some critical points for drivers and bicyclists to remember. Motor vehicle drivers must:
- Pass a bicyclist as you would a slow-moving vehicle. Allow sufficient clearance, and ample room for movement and unexpected road conditions. Change lanes and pass with caution only when it is safe.
- Always look carefully for bicyclists before opening doors next to moving traffic or before turning.
- Allow bicyclists enough room to avoid colliding with vehicle doors that are opened into traffic.
- Merge toward the curb or into the bike lane only when it is safe.
- Not try to pass a bicyclist just before making a turn. Merge safely where it is allowed, then turn.
- Not drive in a bike lane unless initiating a turn at an intersection or driveway, and not more than 200 feet in advance.
- Make a visual check for bicyclists when changing lanes or entering traffic. Bicycles are small and may be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot.
- Be careful when approaching or passing a bicyclist on a two-lane highway or freeway.
Imagine that! (snark fully intended)