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.