SHARE THE ROAD
Each year, Miami is ranked one of the deadliest cities for cyclists. Despite the Share the Road initiative, the feud between motorists and cyclists is growing. Perhaps, we need to re-teach what sharing means.
Lesson 1: Why is sharing so hard?
Lesson 2: How to take responsibility?
Lesson 3: What about the roads?
Lesson 4: What is the Bicycle Action Committee?
Lesson 5: Do we even know the rules of the road?
RULES OF THE ROAD
1. RIDE ON THE ROAD
Although it is legal in Florida to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk it increases the risk of being hit by a car because it aggravates turning and crossing conflicts.
2. INTEGRATE IN THE INTERSECTIONS
Always use the lane that serves your destination (for example: turn left only from left turn lane).
3. IT’S A CROSS WALK, NOT A CROSS BIKE
Cross walks are for pedestrians so if you choose to cross on one it means that you’re a acting as a pedestrian.
4. RIDE BIG
Riding big means, when you’re on a lane that is not wide enough for both a car and a bicycle, to use up the whole lane. Riding big makes you visible and communicates with motorists that the lane is not wide enough.
Signal turn lanes. Motorist will appreciate it and most of them will try to help you out.
6. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Make sure you are visible to crossing and turning traffic. This often means leaving a bike lane and moving to the left side of the general use lane. Also, never ride within 5 feet of a parked car. This area is called the “door zone” and can be deadly. Finally, never pass a large truck on the right.
7. WANT RESPECT ON THE ROAD? ACT RESPECTABLY
Be considerate of your fellow road neighbors. Help motorist pass you offering a friendly wave. It will help you in the long run.
8. LEARN TO LET THINGS GO
You can’t control the jerk who honks or yells at you but you can control how you react. Just smile and do a friendly wave. You’ll enjoy your ride more when you let things go.
For more information please visit www.floridabicycle.org