Safely Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

May 12, 2014

With the weather getting warmer in Central Virginia, more and more people will be out on their bikes.

Mike Paisley, co-owner of Blue Wheel Bicycles, bikes to work almost every day. He says he's a very careful cyclist but he has noticed that not all riders exercise the same caution.

"It scares me just as much to see somebody riding a bike with earbuds in as it does to be passed by a driver talking on their cell phone or looking down at something in their lap or beside them."

Jonathan Hickory, a senior officer with the Albemarle County Police Department says, "It's the responsibility of both motorists and bicyclists to share the road to have mutual respect for one another and to be vigilant for everyone's safety."

So the next time you're in a hurry and want to speed past a cyclist, officers encourage drivers to think twice and obey the rules when it comes to sharing the roads.

Drivers must keep a minimum of three feet between their vehicle and a bicyclist. If a driver follows any closer, they can be pulled over.

Rural roads should also be traveled with extra caution.

Officer Hickory says roads like Old Lynchburg Road can be especially dangerous because of blind curves and blind hills.

Police say cyclists should wear bright visible clothing, have reflectors on your bike and of course wear a helmet.

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