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Do you want to know what 'Share the Road' really means? Keep these tips in your pocket the next time you want to inform anyone about the safe way to operate a vehicle, be it bicycle or car.

Sharing the Road - Cyclists

1) Ride on the right
    • Always ride in the same direction as traffic
    • Use the lane furthest to the right that heads in the direction that you are travelling
    • Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right
2) Act like a motorist
    • The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists
    • Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs, lights, and lane markings
    • Always use hand signals to indicate your intention to stop or turn to motorists and cyclists
3) Always wear a properly fitting helmet
    • Make sure that the helmet fits on top of the head, not tipped back
    • Always wear a helmet while riding a bike, no matter how short the trip
    • After a crash or any impact that affects your helmet, replace it immediately
4) Ride predictably
    • Ride in a straight line and don't swerve in the road or between parked cars
    • Check for oncoming traffic before entering any street or intersection
    • Anticipate hazards and adjust position in traffic accordingly
5) Be visible
    • Wear brightly colored clothing at all times
    • At night, use a white front light, red rear light or reflector and reflective tape or clothing
    • Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there
Sharing the Road - Motorists

1) Drive cautiously
    • Reduce speed when encountering cyclists
    • In inclement weather, give cyclists extra trailing and passing room
    • Recognize situations that may be potentially dangerous to cyclists and give them space
2) Yield to cyclists
    • Cyclists are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way
    • Cyclists may take the entire lane when hazards, road width or traffic speed dictate
    • Motorists should allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections
3) Be considerate
    • Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
    • Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
    • Look for cyclists when opening doors
4) Pass with care
    • Leave at least three feet of space between your car and the cyclist when passing
    • Wait until road and traffic conditions allow you to safely pass
    • Check over your shoulder after passing a cyclist before moving back to normal position
5) Watch for children
    • Children on bicycles are often unpredictable - expect the unexpected and slow down
    • Most children don't have adequate knowledge of traffic laws
    • Children are harder to see because they are typically smaller than adults

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