The best way to educate motorists on bicyclists' rights to the road is to ride respectfully and have facts on your side. Here are some resources for cyclists and drivers on sharing the road.
Sharing the Road - Cyclists
On the Road:
- The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists
- Obey all traffic control devices
- Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns other users
Always Wear a Properly Fitting Helmet:
- Wear a helmet, no matter how short the trip
Ride on the Right:
- Always ride in the same direction as traffic
- Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination (except on one way roads where you can ride all the way to the left)
- Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right
- Ride in a straight line
- Don't swerve in the road or between parked cars
- Check for traffic before entering street or intersection
- Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly
- Wear brightly colored reflective clothing that provides contrast
- Use a white front light in low light conditions
- Use a red rear light (even during daylight)
- Use a reflector or reflective tape or clothing
- Announce yourself by making eye contact with motorists
- Stay observant at all times of other roadway users
- Don't wear headphones
- Don't talk/text on your cellphone
Sharing the Road - Motorists
- Reduce speed when encountering cyclists
- Don't tailgate, especially in bad weather
- Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space
- Don't drive distracted - No texting!
Yield to Cyclists:
- Bicycles have the same rights as vehicles in Michigan
- Cyclists should be given the appropriate right of way
- Allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections
- Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
- Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
- Look for cyclists when opening doors
Pass with Care:
- When passing, leave at least five feet between you and a cyclist
- Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before you pass
- Check over your shoulder before moving back
Watch for Children:
- Children on bicycles are often unpredictable
- Expect the unexpected and slow down
- Don't expect children to know traffic laws
- Because of their size children can be harder to see
What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know
A Guide For Bicyclists
What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know is designed to help you safely and enjoyably share the public roads and trails of Michigan with other users. Although this publication includes information about many Michigan traffic laws, it is not meant to be a legal document or a substitute for the Michigan Vehicle Code.
This handy booklet is designed for bicyclists and is an excellent resource for anyone riding a bicycle in Michigan. Law Enforcement agencies and other organizations can request free copies for distribution.
What Every Young Michigan Bicyclist Must Know
We are extremely pleased to announce that the much awaited What Every Young Michigan Bicyclist Must Know booklet is now available. This companion piece to our adult publication, What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know, was created to help young bicyclists understand how to ride their bicycles legally and safely in Michigan.
The publication is filled with colorful illustrations by Michigan artist Ray Templin. The playful art is coupled with simple text developed by League staff and members to help make it fun and easy for children to learn about bicycle safety.
After realizing that many of the adult publications were actually being distributed at youth bike rodeos around the state, we decided a stand alone document specifically targeted at elementary school-aged children needed to be created.
Over the past couple of years LMB asked Michigan cyclists to support identified key projects, including this youth safety booklet. This valuable resource was made possible solely through the generosity of LMB donors. We once again thank all of the individuals across the state that donated to make this project possible.
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