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Rules of the Road - Cyclists

1. Cyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws, as operators of other vehicles.

2. A cyclist who is not traveling at the same speed as other traffic must ride as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway. A cyclist may leave the right-most portion of the roadway in the following situations: when passing, making a left turn, to avoid hazards, or when a lane is too narrow for a bicycle and a car to share it safely. Merge with traffic at intersections so that you are in the proper lane (ie, donít use the right turn lane if you arenít turning right).

3. Use the proper turning lanes at intersections. If using a bike lane, merge with traffic at intersections. Signal before turning or changing lanes.

4. Pay attention to traffic. Ride defensively. Ride predictably. Make eye contact with drivers, be courteous, smile & wave, and never flip 'em the bird!


Rules of the Road - Motorists

1. Be on the lookout for cyclists and pedestrians. Remember, cyclists have a right to the roadway.

2. Keep a safe distance when driving behind cyclists; cyclists may stop more quickly than cars or trucks, and may need to swerve to avoid obstacles in the road.

3. Look ahead for obstacles that cyclists will need to swerve to avoid, such as sewer grates, parked cars, and debris in the road.

4. Overtake as you would for another motor vehicle. Allow at least three feet of space between car and cyclist when passing or "lane sharing." Check that you are clear of the cyclist before returning to the lane when passing -- experienced cyclists ride upwards of 25 to 30 mph.

5. Treat cyclists with the same courtesy and caution as you would any other vehicle.


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