It has been a long winter, and most of us are ready to shed our winter jackets and parkas in favor of shorts and T-shirts. Along with the new clothes, many of us will also opt for new modes of transportation, opting for bikes and motorcycles instead of cars, trucks, and busses. However, as Marylanders from across the state begin to hop on their bikes, the issue of bicycle safety should be in the front of everyone’s minds.
The State of Maryland Department of Transportation has a website dedicated to bicycle safety. It goes over some of the things that all cyclists and motorists should keep in mind when riding or driving on Maryland roads.
- Expect bicycles to be on the road and when you see one, maintain a safe distance;
- When passing a bicyclist, leave a three-foot distance between the car and the cyclist;
- Be extra careful when backing out of driveways;
- When merging with a bicycle, yield as you would to another motorist; and
- Always be sure to stay alert, keep your attention on the road, and use your signals.