Sharing the Road
Under Iowa law, bicyclists and
motorists must comply with the same rules of the road
and be given the same rights. Sharing the road means
sharing these rights and responsibilities.
Just as motor vehicle operators have different levels of
skill, you will find bicycle riders with varying levels of skills.
When you approach bicycle riders,assess the bicyclists’
capabilities. A skillful cyclist rides predicitably and holds a
Common signs of bicyclist inexperience may include:
• riding near the gutter
Give bicycle riders the room they deserve and need for
safety. When passing a bicycle rider, pass as if the cyclist
were a vehicle and move into the other lane. On multi-lane
roads with wide outside lanes, allow at least three to four feet
between your vehicle and the bicyclist for clearance. On narrow,
two-way roads, wait for a break in traffic before passing.
Do not pass if oncoming
traffic is near. After
return to your lane - a
bicyclist could be in
your blind spot.
travel nearer the right
edge of a traffic lane. However, they may swerve to avoid
road hazards such as potholes, glass debris, drainage grates,
or a strong crosswind.
When in doubt, yield to bicyclists!