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Posted on: June 13, 2017

Driver Safety near Bicyclists

The City of Milford and the Delaware State Police are reminding drivers and bicyclists of safety and laws while riding along the roadways.

Drivers and bicyclists are expected to observe traffic rules such as stop signs and red lights.  Ignoring these traffic rules can lead to injuries that would have otherwise been preventable. Bicyclists should never ride against the flow of traffic. Drivers and pedestrians alike may not be expecting bicyclists riding in that direction.  Also stay in your lane and don’t ride on the sidewalk if you’re an adult.  Avoid distracted riding much like you would if you were driving a car, and wait to check your cell phone until you’re safely off the road.

Visibility can be an issue for bicyclists in the dark, so take steps to ensure that motorists can see you.  Adding white front lights and red back lights to your bike, plus reflective tape or clothing can also help make you more visible in the dark.  It is against Delaware law to operate a bicycle at night without a front headlight.  And remember, visibility isn’t just an issue late at night; cloudy days and early mornings can impair motorists’ ability to see bicyclists on the road too.

Drivers are reminded to not honk at bicyclists when no imminent danger of a collision exists.  Cyclists can easily be startled and swerve into traffic by vehicle horns designed to be loud enough to be heard inside other vehicles. Also, it can be extremely dangerous for motorists to try to “squeeze” by cyclists in a travel lane that is too narrow.  Motorists are asked to change lanes to pass cyclists.  

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