Thursday, May 6, 2010

How to Drive Around Cyclists

In the June 2010 Issue of Bicycling Magazine, Lawrence Ulrich writes several simple tips for drivers that will make sharing the road safer for everyone. Here they are:

Slow passing saves lives.

Show the Way – give cyclists ample space and the vehicles following you will do the same.

Give them a yard – 3 feet is the minimum distance in many states.

Shut up already – texting and talking on a cell-phone (hands-free or otherwise) results in a 37% drop in activity of the parietal lobe, the brain’s region tied to driving

Use No-Passing Zones Wisely – Every state has some version of an obstruction law that allows vehicles to cross double yellow lines to get around slow-moving obstacles.

Count to Two – though the 2-second follow rule might seem antiquated with improvements of brakes, it takes .75 seconds to recognize the stopping situation, .75 seconds to hit the brakes, which leaves only .5 seconds of actual braking.

Be aware of Danger Zones – 38% of 2008 cycling fatalities took place at intersections.

Tomorrow I’ll post his 6 Cyclists’ Commandments.


  1. This was a great article. I'm 1000 times more aware when driving now that I ride, but still I could do better...

    I have developed this habit of seeing what everyone is riding and then commenting (aloud) to no one in particular. This needs to stop.

  2. Good post

    Where I ride, the drivers, (most the time) are pretty decent, but I seen a couple close calls with almost head collisions.


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