Tips for Motorists, from Cyclists
I just came across a handy-dandy Tips for Motorists printout (pdf) put out by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation with the backing of the Illinois Dept. of Transportation. Although it has some useful pointers for cyclists (specifically, “where bikers should ride”), the brunt of the flyer is directed to motorists.
The concept of such a printout is great—cyclists can print it out double-sided to fit onto one page, and distribute them with a smile to offending motorists. Much of the info is right on, tells drivers what to expect from a cyclist, how to behave when riders are near, and how to avoid common accidents. Tips include how to avoid the “right hook” (where a driver passes a cyclist on the left, then turns to the right in front of the cyclist) or dooring
However, some of the directives come straight from fantasyland. For example, drivers are advised to yield to cyclists that run red lights, and to expect them to do so. Information for motorists about cyclists is extremely important, especially for those of us who hope to decrease our car usage. Something a little more realistic, and perhaps less alienating might better serve the cause.
Another great print-out for cyclists to have on hand is this checklist
put out by Transportation Alternatives in case of an accident.
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