Sharing the Road with Bicyclists & Pedestrians
- Scan the street for wheels and feet: Be especially careful to look for people walking and biking before turning at intersections and driveways.
- Yield to pedestrians: Pay attention to the pedestrian signal and give people walking the right-of-way. Crosswalks exist at all intersections, even when unmarked. Stay alert and slow down, especially in residential areas, school zones, and commercial areas. Children, particularly, have not yet developed the cognitive skills to calculate speed and distance.
- Double threat: Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down for a pedestrian. Remember, you might not be able to see the pedestrian when you approach a stopped vehicle so be aware.
- Watch for bikes: People riding bicycles have the right to be on the road (and are often prohibited from riding on sidewalks), so respect their right to be there. Slow down and use extra caution around children on bikes, as they can be unpredictable.
- Passing safely: Stay at least 3 feet away from bicyclists (and other vulnerable road users, such as garbage collectors, police officers, and tow truck operators) when passing, and don’t return to the right until well clear of the person. If there isn’t enough room to safely pass in the same lane, you must use another lane or wait for a safe opportunity to pass. Do not pass a person on a bike and then immediately turn right.
- Avoid the “right hook”: Look for and yield to people biking on the right when turning right.
- Avoid the “left cross”: Look for and yield to people walking across the street and yield to oncoming people on bikes when turning left.
- Visibility: Look for bicyclists at night and watch for their reflectors or lights.
- Check blind spots: Watch for bicyclists coming from behind, especially before turning right.
- Doors are dangerous: Before opening your car door, look in your mirror and physically turn your body to make sure no bicyclists are coming. Learn more here: https://www.dutchreach.org/dutch-reach-practice-tips-door-latch-reminders/
Lowering speeds can save lives
Respect for all road users
Put yourself in the shoes of a person walking or biking. We are all trying to safely get to our destination. Respect and kindness towards other road users can go a long way.