Common Vehicle-Bike Collisions

How drivers and cyclists share the road determines how safe everyone on the road is – including passengers and pedestrians. Here’s a review of what drivers and cyclists need to know in common driving situations.

Turning Right

Drivers:
Check the curb lane and check over your right shoulder so you do not cut off any cyclists.

Cyclist:
Watch for vehicles that may not see you and turn wide at intersections.

Turning Left

Drivers:
Look ahead for oncoming vehicle or cyclists. Check the crosswalk for pedestrians.

Cyclists:
Watch for vehicles that may be about to turn left.

Passing

Drivers:
Change lanes to pass. Do not pass too close to cyclists. They need 3 feet on either side as a safety zone.

Cyclists:
Watch passing vehicles and be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.

Opening Car Doors

Drivers:
Before opening the car door, check your mirror and over your shoulder for cyclists and pedestrians.

Cyclists:
Watch for people in parked vehicle who may open the door as you are passing.

Via:  AAA Exchange