Tips for Driving Near Bicycles

If you drive near school zones in the mornings and afternoons, and especially if you’re a parent or teen driving to and from school, you need to know the safest ways to share the road with bicyclists. Driving near bicycles can be intimidating, but if you keep these tips in mind you’ll have a safer commute.

You’re going to see a lot of kids on bikes in the mornings, and kids aren’t the most likely to follow all the bicycle rules, so you have to be extra vigilant when driving near them. If you have to go around someone on a bicycle, do it very slowly and give them plenty of space, and don’t get back in the lane until you’re well ahead of them.

Respect it when cyclists have the right of way. If they’re turning or merging into a bike lane, stay where you are to avoid accidentally swiping them. Bicycles are subject to the same traffic laws and responsibilities on the road as drivers, which means they also have the same rights in traffic situations.

But again, kids might not know these rules. If you’re at a red light, a bike might not stop. Adults do this too—a lot of people just don’t know that bikes have to follow the same laws. Just be cautious, and if you see a cyclist on the road, give them a wide berth and watch what they’re doing before you go anywhere.

Cyclists are good for the environment and for traffic congestion, so don’t get angry about having to share the road with them! They may go slower, but in the end if you pay attention and respect their place on the road it’s no big deal to drive by bikes.

Driving near bicycles in Pittsburgh

Ford Global Caring Month Starts Strong with Clean Water Project Grants and More

Ford’s Global Caring Month has started, and Ford is kicking off the month-long event with two huge project grants. First, Ford Volunteer Corps has given a $200,000 grant to the Thailand Clean Water Community Project. Ford has also committed to donate $700,000 to purchase supplies for volunteer projects.

The Thailand Clean Water Community Project was the winner of the first ever Bill Ford Better World Challenge and aims to repair storage tanks and install water purifiers, sinks, and restroom fixtures in the town of Chanthaburi, Thailand, which is home to 3,300 residents.

Hundreds of Ford volunteers will gather in Chanthaburi to help the project become reality. The project will also provide clean water for crop irrigation and community gardens as well as creating hands-on learning opportunities for the community.

The Bill Ford Better World Challenge was started last year to celebrate the tenth year of the Ford Volunteer Corps and has also granted funds to innovative mobility services. During Global Caring Month, the Ford Volunteer Corps will participate in hundreds of community projects including renovating a school in Angola, overhauling food bank delivery in Colombia, and modernizing a mental health facility in the UK.

Since Global Caring Month started in 2005, more than 20,000 volunteers have contributed more than a million community services hours, doing $29 million worth of community investments in 48 countries.

Global Caring Month