It’s summertime in Ohio and the rain has finally let up. The beautiful, sunny weather has led to increased two legged and two wheeled action on the roadways. With this in mind, it is important that we take the time to remember what it means to “Share the Road”.
Sharing the road, for those sitting behind a steering wheel, means understanding that bikers and pedestrians have the same rules and rights as drivers of vehicles with four (or more) wheels.
Bikers, both motorized and pedal powered must obey all rules of the road. Cyclists must ride in the same lanes as all motorized traffics unless there is a bike lane present. Pedestrians should always walk or run against the flow of traffic staying safely in well lit areas and as far away from traffic as possible when sharing a roadway.
Drivers should be alert to the location of crosswalks and be prepared to stop in order for pedestrians to cross. You should never pass a vehicle that is stopped before a crosswalk: there may be someone crossing that you cannot see. Take care when backing up near sidewalks and parking lots and do not always rely on the backup camera in your vehicle. Drivers must understand that bikers and pedestrians are at a disadvantage due to their small size which makes them harder to see.
All bikers must obey all signs and signals. They should ride defensively, assuming they are not easily seen.
Staying focused on your surroundings without the distraction of music or other electronic devices is the best way to ensure safety for all travelers of the roadway.