Capital Region roads can be safe for all cyclists and motorists. Coexisting safely requires mutual respect and understanding between cyclists and motorists as we share the same rights and responsibilities on public roads.
- Always expect to encounter bicyclists on the road, on all types of roads and in all types of weather.
- Expect bicyclists to be riding out in the travel lane for their own safety due to narrow roads, obstacles or broken pavement.
- Slow down and wait for a safe place to pass cyclists, unsafe passing can result in collisions or force cyclists off the road and cause injury.
- Assume bicyclists are traveling through an intersection unless they signal otherwise.
- Do not turn left or right in front of bicyclists unless you can do so safely.
- Do not use a horn when approaching a bicyclist because it could startle them and cause a crash.
- When passing, allow 3 feet of clearance between your car and the bicyclist.
- Stop at all traffic signs and signals, including stop signs and red lights.
- Ride predictably, without weaving.
- Signal all turns and lane changes to prevent conflicts with motor vehicles.
- Avoid provoking motorists regardless of who is at fault; antagonizing motorists can result in dangerous and aggressive driving.
- Give respect, get respect.
Get on a bicycle! You’ll have fun, feel good, and learn how cyclists experience traffic.