It’s everyone’s responsibility to share the roads

Every year, numerous injuries and deaths are caused by crashes involving drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. To help prevent such collisions, everyone should pay attention when they’re on the road and be respectful toward one another.

Keep in mind that in most states, bicyclists have many of the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, including the right to ride in the traffic lane except on restricted roads. And drivers and bicyclists should keep an eye out for distracted pedestrians, as more people are using electronic devices on the go. 

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Here are some ways to make the roads safer for all parties



    Look for bicyclists before opening your door, or
    when entering or leaving a lane of traffic.

    Slow down and leave 3-4 feet* of clearance when passing. Yield to bicyclists when turning.

    Never honk at a bicyclist—it could cause them to swerve into traffic or off the roadway and crash.



    Wait until you reach your destination to call, text, or play games. If you must text or call, stop at a safe spot.

    Look both ways before crossing the road. Street lights, stop signs, and crosswalks don’t guarantee protection.

    Turn the volume on your music down—or off—that way you can hear what’s going on around you.



    Follow rules of the road, including riding in the same direction as traffic and following signs and signals.

    Wear a bicycle helmet during all rides, with bright colors in the day, and reflective gear in low light.

    Install head and tail lights on your bicycle, and be sure to turn them on at night and in low light.

*Pennsylvania and Vermont laws require 4 feet.