Tips for Motorists

Here are a few things for Motorists to keep in mind.

Section 257.657 of the Michigan Vehicle Code states: 

Each person riding a bicycle...upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to special regulations in this article and except as to the provisions of this chapter which by their nature do not have application.

This includes speed limits, stop signs and stop lights.

When driving throughout the City keep these tips in mind:

1. Give Them Space:

Although the State of Michigan does not mandate a set number of feet of clearance when following or passing a cyclist, be sure to take a moment to consider whether or not there is ample space to safely follow behind a cyclist or to pass.

2. Know Your Signals

Bicycles don't have turn signals or brake lights. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the various hand signals Cyclists use when turning or stopping so you'll know what to look for when you encounter cyclists on the road.

3. Follow the Rules of the Road

Cyclists should be viewed in the same way as any other vehicle on the road and must follow the same rules; however, as a driver it is always your responsibility to remain vigiliant. 

With a few exceptions, cyclists are able to utilize the same roadways as motorists. By being aware of you surroundings, knowing your signals, and, following the rules of the road you can help to ensure a safe commute for yourself, other motorists, and cyclists alike.