Bike/Walk Friendly Driver Guide
A how-to guide for driving safely around people biking and walking
Why is it important to SHARE THE ROAD?
- We are all people!
- A bicycle is a vehicle and is required by law to follow all of the rules of the road.
- Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.
Why Bicyclist Take the Lane
- Cyclists take the lane by riding in an assertive position in the middle of the lane
- It is often the safest place
- Riding on sidewalks is illegal and usually unsafe
- To prevent being buzzed or sideswiped
- To prepare for a left-hand turn
- If there is debris
- If the lane is too narrow to share
- To be more visible and to increase motorist awareness
- To avoid the door zone
Portion of roadway marked (with paint) for exclusive or preferential bicyclist use, typically one-way.
Buffered Bike Lane
A bicycle lane accompanied by a designated buffer space, separating the bicycle lane from the adjacent travel lane (no physical barrier!)
Shared lane markings “Sharrows”
The Shared-Lane Pavement Marking, used to enhance the safe travel of bicycles and motor vehicles in the same traffic lane. A pavement marking which tells bicyclists where to safely ride, and alerts motorists where to expect bicycles.
Separated/Protected Bike Lane/Cycle Track
A dedicated space for bicyclists with some sort of physical barrier (curb, plants, cars, posts, etc), may be one- or two-way.
People Walking and the Roadway
- People walking have the right of way at all crosswalks, marked or unmarked.
- Drivers have the legal responsibility to yield to people walking.
- Pay special attention at intersections.
Visit http://www.bikeeasy.org to get involved and learn more.