Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation > Safety Education > Road Sharing > Motorists

We also support efforts to educate motorists about safe ways to pass cyclists. The most important first safety step for motorists is to recognize the right a bicyclist has to ride on the road. And when you have to pass, pass a bicycle the same way you would a car, or any other vehicle, allowing at least three feet of space.

We plan to distribute the easy-to-follow tips developed by the League of American Bicyclists.

Here they are:

Drive Cautiously:

  • Reduce speed when encountering cyclists
  • Don’t tailgate, especially in bad weather
  • Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space

Yield to Cyclists:

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles
  • Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way
  • Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections

Be Considerate:

  • Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
  • Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
  • Look for cyclists when opening doors

Pass with Care:

  • When passing, leave four feet between you and a cyclist
  • Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before you pass
  • Check over your shoulder before moving back

Watch for Children:

  • Children on bicycles are often unpredictable
  • Expect the unexpected and slow down
  • Don’t expect children to know traffic laws
  • Because of their size children can be harder to see