MDOT urges drivers to use caution around bicyclists
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.