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.