MDOT urges driv­ers to use cau­tion around bi­cy­clists

The Dundalk Eagle - - POLICE BEAT -

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MDOT SHA) urges driv­ers to be alert for bi­cy­clists on road­ways.

MDOT SHA has launched its bi­cy­cle safety cam­paign, Look Out for Each Other, which in­cludes ed­u­cat­ing mo­torists on their role in bi­cy­cle safety by stress­ing “A Cy­clist Might Be Some­one You Know.”

MDOT SHA of­fers the fol­low­ing tips for Mary­land driv­ers and bi­cy­clists:For driv­ers:

• Ex­pect bi­cy­clists on the road and share the road.

• Stay vig­i­lant at all times, es­pe­cially when pulling out of drive­ways or side streets.

• Al­ways fol­low the speed limit, which may be low­ered in des­ig­nated school zones.

• Pass bi­cy­clists with at least three feet of space – it’s the law.

• Leave plenty of space be­tween you and the bi­cy­clist in front of you.

• Be­fore turn­ing, make sure the path is clear of bi­cy­clists.

For those on bikes:

• Obey the rules of the road, in­clud­ing traf­fic sig­nals and stop signs.

• On a bike, ride with traf­fic but walk on the side­walk fac­ing on­go­ing traf­fic.

• Wear a hel­met – it’s the law for any­one un­der age 16, but ev­ery­one should to pre­vent head in­jury.

• Wear re­flec­tive ma­te­rial – it makes you more vis­i­ble to driv­ers.

• Walk your bike across in­ter­sec­tions.

• Use hand sig­nals.

• When walk­ing, use cross­walks and fol­low pedes­trian sig­nal in­di­ca­tors.

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