Get Off The Road. Use The Sidewalk! That is the voice of a driver I witnessed trying to edge a bicyclist off the road with his car. Sadly, he did not read page 89 in the NYS Driver’s Manual and does not understand that even when we’ve outgrown the toddler stage, we must share the road if we are to arrive safely.
If we’ve not been in their perilous position, we often under estimate the risk we drivers pose to those with whom we must share the road. We must understand their needs if we are to share the road safely.
If you were a bicyclist…you would not have the protection a car provides; you have only two tires and must swerve or suddenly change speed to avoid hazards, the right side of the road often contains hazards that will flatten your tire. You are not as visible as a car. The speed of a passing vehicle may cause you to lose control. If you are hit by a car, your chance of serious injury is very real.
Understanding these risks can give the driver wisdom in how to reduce the risk to cyclists with whom we must share the road. Slow down when approaching a cyclist, their life is no less valuable than yours. What if you were on that bike? Give them space.
Look into turns before moving into that direction, and check your blind spot on your right before making right turns. Bicyclists are allowed to share the road with us and are also supposed to obey traffic devices. Understand the meaning of hand signals, that is their means of communication.
Be smart. Driving is never “all about me, baby.” Let’s all enjoy the journey. See you out there!