Driving in Harmony
Having our own car has made us mobile society, able to move quickly around town for work, school and errands. Even if we bike or walk regularly, over 95% of American's drive at least once a week.
Being a motorist on the road means having many responsibilities; being cautious around other motor vehicles and all users of the road, including pedestrians and cyclists. Motor vehicles and bicycles are both considered "vehicles" in the eyes of the law; the rules of the road apply to motorists as well as to bicyclists regarding their behavior on the road.
Moving in Harmony in your car
- Drive distraction free. Texting, checking email and talking on the phone are just some of the ways drivers can be distracted, and crashes or deaths can occur.
- Respect all bicyclists as legal road users with the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.
- Never drive in the bike lane. Do not use the bike lane to pass a left turning vehicle.
- Pedestrians have the right of way at all marked and unmarked intersections.
- Stop your vehicle BEFORE the crosswalk markings.
- Maintain at least three feet between your vehicle and the bicycle in front or beside you, TN 3 Feet. By law, you cannot pass a cyclist unless you have three feet of space between you and the cyclist. Wait until there is a safe opportunity to pass.
- Signal all turns and lane changes 100 feet in advance.
- Obey all "No Turn on Red" signs.
- Speeding greatly increases your chance of a crash with a cyclist or pedestrian; and just a 5 mile-per-hour decrease in speed can be the difference between a crash or death.
- When passing by an public transit (MTA) bus or other large vehicle, be cautious of pedestrians and cyclists obscured from view.
- When opening your car door, make sure to look for pedestrians and cyclists. It is the driver's responsibility should any collision occur.
- Take special precaution when near pedestrians with a cane or guide dog.