Motorists drive too fast or do not yield to bicyclists

Poor behavior by motorists can contribute to conflicts between motor vehicles and bicycles, including accidents. Motorists may not realize the impact of driving too close to a cyclist or speeding past a rider just to cut in front of him or her to make a right turn. Improper motorist behavior can range from being intentionally hostile or aggressive toward bicyclists, to being well-intentioned but uncertain about proper driving in the vicinity of bicycles.

Alleviating dangerous situations for bicyclists calls for three types of solutions:

  • Engineering—Physical change of roadways, such as traffic calming, to encourage safer behaviors by road users
  • Enforcement—Slowing vehicles and educating motorists by enforcing traffic laws
  • Education—Encouraging behavior change by the teaching rules, rights, and responsibilities of all transportation modes