Share the road.
The summer months bring pedestrians and cyclists of all ages outside to enjoy the warm weather. Bicycles can offer many health and environmental benefits and are a great exercise and recreation tool. However, they are also considered vehicles on the road. Therefore cyclists, like motorists, must be knowledgeable of road safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cyclists account for 2% of all motor vehicle fatalities. Most of these fatalities occur later in the day, between 4 p.m. and midnight in urban areas. The cyclist and driver can both be at fault when it comes to a crash, but the cyclist is more likely to be the one injured or even killed as a result.
Many crashes could simply be avoided if all cyclists and motorists followed:
The NHTSA Rules of the Road
It is important for both cyclists and motorists to be observant of each other’s behavior. Traffic can be unpredictable but by following these suggested protocols drivers and cyclists can safely share the road this summer.