Module 7: Cooperating with others on road 03 (The Bicycle)

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A bicycle is a vehicle. Anyone who rides a bicycle has the same rights and responsibilities that apply to a driver of a vehicle, unless they cannot, by nature, apply to a person who rides a bicycle. Anyone who drives a bicycle is subject to the same penalties for violating a traffic law as a person who operates a vehicle. All traffic convictions will be placed in the person’s driver record, regardless of whether the conviction was for a crime committed on a bicycle or in a vehicle.

Bicycle Traffic Lawsb. The person prepares for a left turn at an intersection or into a street or private driveway. c. The road presents unsafe conditions such as fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, pedestrians, animals, potholes or debris. d. The person rides a bicycle in an outside lane that: – Is less than 14 feet wide and does not have a designated bicycle lane adjacent to that lane. – The lane is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel side by side safely.

What not to do

  1. Never carry more people than the number for which the bicycle was designed or equipped.
  2. Never go against the flow of traffic.
  3. Never secure the bicycle or the person to a tram or moving vehicle on a road.
  4. Never carry packaging, packages or items that could prevent the rider from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars

When operating a bicycle on a one-way road with two or more lanes of traffic marked, go as close to the left curb or edge of the road as possible. People riding side by side on a road with “marked” lanes must ride in one lane and not impede the flow of traffic. Cyclists can drive on the shoulder of the road. Bicyclists must signal that they are going to turn or stop when: Use either your left arm pointing up or your right arm horizontal to signal a right turn. Use your left arm in a horizontal position to signal a left turn. c. Use your left arm pointing downward to signal that you are going to stop. A person riding a bicycle and moving slower than other traffic on the road should go as close to the right curb or edge of the road as possible unless: The person is passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction.  

    Avoid driving in the blind spots of oversized vehicles, avoid passing large trucks and buses while down a hill, as they tend to accelerate in degradations. as you pass, make sure you can see a great distance ahead and that the road is clear. signal before moving to left lane. one can fully see the vehicle that has passed in their rear-view mirror, signal to the right and move. always additional space to the largest vehicles when passing give them extra spaces: never pass a truck on the right when approaching an intersection. they may be turning. trucks need additional space when trading turns. larger vehicles take time to speed through intersections from a patient stop  use extreme caution in weather events: when the wind is high, or the weather is bad, oversized vehicles may react unexpectedly. use caution when driving behind or near them.  

   

(Motorcycles)Motorists tend to look for other cars, not motorcycles. The profile of a motorcycle is much smaller than that of larger vehicles. This makes it more difficult to see an approaching motorcyclist. Estimating their distance and the speed at which they are approaching is more difficult. Riding a motorcycle requires frequent lane changes to adjust to changing road conditions. Left turns are the leading causes of collisions between motorcyclists and passenger vehicles, when the vehicle is turning left in front of the motorcycle. More than 40% of all motorcycle crashes occur at intersections. About 66% of these crashes are caused by other drivers turning left in front of a motorcycle. Vehicle blind spots are another leading cause of motorcycle collisions. Motorcycles are often invisible to other vehicles. Be sure to visually check for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting the lane of traffic or at intersections. Dangerous road conditions can pose a major problem for motorcyclists. In reaction to road conditions such as potholes, gravel seams in the pavement, railroad crossings, ridged pavement, or slippery surfaces, motorcyclists can change gears quickly. Bear in mind that motorcycles can be stopped much faster than passenger cars. When the road surface is wet or slippery, it can be difficult for motorcyclists to stop or operate their motorcycle. The wind can also move a motorcycle through a lane if the rider is not prepared. Wind gusts from large trucks on other lanes can also be a major hazard for motorcyclists. When roads are wet or icy, a rider’s abilities to brake and handle the motorcycle are impaired.

Horses / Horse-Drawn Transports – Horses and horse-drawn transports may occasionally share the road with drivers. In general, use the same precautions as when passing a pedestrian or bicyclist. When passing a horse, be sure not to scare the animal as it can be dangerous and even deadly to the horse and its rider. Slow down and pass carefully giving them plenty of room. Do not honk your horn, make no more noise, or accelerate quickly or loudly until you have left the horse behind. If the horse looks scared, stop. Horse-drawn vehicles will have a slow moving vehicle sign in the back and may or may not have turn signals.   

Slow Moving Vehicles – Slow moving vehicles have an orange reflector triangle positioned at the rear of the vehicle. At night, the signal may look like a red triangle with white interiors. Vehicles with this signal will travel less than 25 mph. 

Work Zone / Construction Workers – Be sure to follow the guidelines listed in Chapter 3 of this course. Slow down and give construction workers plenty of room. 

Pedestrians – Pedestrians are everywhere. Your vehicle can be a deadly weapon. You should always look for people on foot, regardless of whether you feel they have the right of way or not. Drivers MUST yield to pedestrians in both controlled and non-controlled intersections.