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Tips to Keep Bicycle Riders & Pedestrians Safe on the Road

Posted on November 30, 2015

If you live in an area like Tulsa, Oklahoma, where bicycling is a popular hobby, then you know that they could be riding on any road that you travel. Sometimes this includes high traffic areas where extra caution must be taken into consideration. Sharing the road with a bicyclist is not a difficult proposition; all that is needed is some respect and caution, and both drivers and cyclists can co-exist on the road. This goes for pedestrians as well. No matter where they may choose to walk they can safely travel if they treat other travelers with respect, and drivers take caution of pedestrians.

Here are a few tips for sharing the road with bicycle riders and pedestrians:

  1. Follow the law – Riders and pedestrians should obey traffic signs and lights. If you’re on a bicycle ride with the traffic and use the rightmost lane headed in your direction.
  2. Be predictable – Make sure that you’re intentions are clear to drivers, and anyone else using the road. If you’re on a bicycle this means to ride in a straight line, don’t swerve between cars, signal your turns, and check well behind you well before you turn or change lanes.
  3. Be conspicuous – If you’re a rider or someone walking make sure you are clearly visible and wear bright colors. If you’re on a bicycle use a white front light and a rear red light. Also use reflectors when visibility is poor.
  4. Think ahead – Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, or other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, pot holes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

These are just a few tips for people riding bicycles and pedestrians. If you’ve been in an accident, have any questions, or are in need of legal advice or representation please contact Charles Bryan Alred. P.C.