Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Focus On Driving: Bikes are back – what riders and drivers need to know

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By Doug Pacey / ADOT Communications

As the summer heat fades and weather turns comfortable, bicycles will be wheeled out of garages, pulled out of storage and return to roads and trails.

bicycles_grand canyonThat makes this a good time to remind bicyclists and drivers what each can do to help keep the other safe on Arizona’s roads because the two-month stretch of September-October sees a high number of bicycle-related vehicle collisions.

Since 2015, Arizona has averaged almost 1,500 bicycle-related car crashes each year and a vast majority occur in urban areas, on clear days during daylight hours.

The Arizona Bicycle and Pedestrian Program offers these tips for riders and drivers:

What bicyclists can do

  • Always ride with the flow of traffic and obey the same rules of the road and traffic control devices (signals, signs, lane markings, etc.) as vehicles.
  • Anticipate hazards and ride defensively.
  • Be visible – wear bright colors and make eye contact with drivers.
  • Wear a helmet!

What drivers can do

  • Pass with care – give bicyclists plenty of room when passing.
  • Be considerate – when parked on a street, look for bicyclists before opening your door.
  • Children on bikes can be unpredictable – slow down and don’t expect them to follow traffic laws.

For more information on bicycling in Arizona, including a mobile-friendly bike map, visit the Arizona Bicycle and Pedestrian Program website.


This is part of a series we’re calling “Focus On Driving.” This series looks at often-overlooked measures that keep the traveling public safe – from rumble strips and barriers to the reflective paint used in lane striping – as well as timely safety topics, such as when crashes involving particular factors occur most often.

Posted by Steve Elliott   |  Labels:  bicycle-safety, Bike, Focus-on-Driving


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