Sharing the Road with Bikes: Spring Means More Bicyclists
Bike riding can be exhilarating, whether you are doing it for exercise, to save money on gas, or to reduce pollution created by vehicle emissions. In fact, this is one of the most popular times of the year for bicyclists to hit the road, often due to warmer weather. However, there are important things to remember when sharing the road with bikes.
According to The Washington Post, most bike riders over the age of 10 are required by law to follow traffic laws, and are considered vehicles. That means you need to treat bikes just like they were cars, and vice versa. Always be aware of what bicyclists might do, and always have patience.
Understand just how vulnerable a bike rider can be. A car tends to weigh up to 4,000 pounds more than the average bike, making collisions especially dangerous. Be sure to give extra room on the road, and never obstruct the bike lane.
Finally, have patience. Bicyclists are simply following the law when they share the road with you. Take deep breaths and remember to relax. If you do see a car or bike that is failing to follow traffic laws, make sure to report this activity to the police. Everyone deserves to be safe on the road.