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Bicyclists may have the right of way

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2022 | Personal Injury

Residents of Naperville and other nearby areas of Illinois should learn more about safety when it comes to bicyclists. In certain cases, the bicyclist has the right of way. Here are some important safety tips that apply to bicycles sharing the road with vehicles.

Bicyclists go first

If you are driving a car and about to turn right, and a bicyclist is approaching on the right side, the bicycle should go through the intersection first. You must let the bicyclist pass before you make the turn, and always remember to signal.

If you are about to make a left-hand turn, and a bicycle is approaching from the other side, you must first let the bicycle pass before making your turn. In addition, if a bike is making a left-hand turn and is in the left lane with you, you should let them go first, not proceeding until they finish making the turn safely.

Right of way applies

Drivers should yield the right of way to a bicyclist. This is the same rule as would apply to another vehicle instead of a bicycle. If you pass a bicycle, you must do so slowly and leave three feet of passing space.

Give the bike lots of room

Motorists can avoid cycling accidents by following the rules. A motorist following a bike should allow plenty of room. They should prepare to stop quickly if needed. Rainy and icy conditions require extra caution. In addition, high beams should not be in use when a bicycle is approaching from the other side of the road.

Check for bicycles

A motorist should check for bicycles after parking and before opening the door. Moreover, a car should not park in an area that has markings for bicycles.

Not only regular bicycles

Laws that apply to traditional bicycles also apply to low-speed electric and gas bicycles as well as scooters and mopeds. Riders must be over 18 to operate these bicycles, and they may not use the sidewalk.

Bicycles may have the right of way in some cases. Knowing these conditions is important for the safety of all.