Share the Road with Bicycles
A bicycle is a vehicle. Any person riding a bicycle has all of the rights and responsibilities as a driver of a
Bicycle Rules for Motorists
1. Bicyclists are not restricted to the right lane of traffic. One-way, multi-lane streets are one example.
Another instance is when the bicyclist is changing lanes to make a left turn. The bicyclists should
follow the same path any other vehicle would take traveling in the same direction.
2. Motorcycles should merge with bicycle traffic when preparing for a right turn. Avoid turning
directly across the path of a bicycle traffic.
3. Bicyclists are required to ride as far to the right in the lane as possible only when the lane can be
safely shared by a car and a bicycle, side-by-side. Even then there are certain conditions which
allow a bicyclist to take the full lane.
a. The person is overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
b. The person is preparing for a left turn at an intersection or onto a private road or driveway.
c. There are unsafe conditions in the road such as fixed or moving objects, parked or moving
vehicles, pedestrians, animals, potholes, or debris.
d. The lane is of substandard width making it unsafe for a car and a bicycle to safely share the lane
side by side. When this is the case, it is best for the cyclist to take the full lane whether riding
single file or two abreast.
Car-Bicycle Crashes Caused by Motorists
The most common motorist caused car-bicycle crashes are:
1. A motorist turns left in front of oncoming bicycle traffic. Oncoming bicycle traffic is often overlooked or its speed misjudged.
2. A motorist turns right across the path of the bicycle. The motorist should slow down and merge
with the bicycle traffic for a safe right turn.
3. A motorist pulls away from a stop sign and fails to yield the right-of-way to bicycle cross traffic. At
intersections, the right-of-way rules apply equally to motor vehicles and bicycles.