According to the Washington Post, there are now 250 million registered vehicles on U.S. roads. Americans are buying almost 16 million bikes a year. About 700 people a year die in bike accidents, and 45,000 are injured. In the past 80 years, there have been 44,000 cycling fatalities.
Drivers must take precautions and do their part in sharing the road with bikes and pedestrians. Here are some suggestions:
- Look for pedestrians and cyclists when making a turn. You should look far enough and long enough to make sure that a cyclist, who is not immediately at the intersection, is not about to approach the intersection.
- Be patient. Cyclists stay five feet away from the row of parked cars because if someone in the parked car swings open the door, the cyclist who is too close may be knocked down. Wait to pass that cyclist until you have a clear view ahead and are sure there is no oncoming traffic.
- Be considerate. Don’t count on cyclists and pedestrians to hear your car coming from behind, and don’t lean on the horn.
- Be ready for unexpected. Pedestrians, especially children, may suddenly cross the street without looking or cyclists may suddenly move into the traffic lane due to pavement cracks, broken glass, etc, which the drivers may not notice. So be on the lookout for the unexpected and drive at a speed where an emergency stop can be safely made.
- Yield. If any contacts were to occur with car vs. pedestrians or cyclists, the injuries to the pedestrians or cyclists will likely be more significant. Therefore, avoid these injuries by yielding the right of way to pedestrians or cyclists.
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 The Washington Post, What drivers should know about sharing the road with bicyclists (and vice versa), available at https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/what-drivers-should-know-about-sharing-the-road-with-bicyclists-and-vice-versa/2012/09/15/4b8c9426-fe72-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_story.html