Family Car Advice: Beware The Bikers

June 25, 2010

Maybe I am more aware of these kind of things because I just bought a bicycle myself, but motorists need to be aware of bicyclists, especially in urban and suburban areas. For a variety of reasons--a down economy, "green" image concerns, and exercise--more people are riding bikes both as part of their commute and as a leisure time activity.

Problem is, many motorists forget to check their mirrors and look for riders. Others forget about riders when opening their car doors while parallel parking.

Bike riders commit plenty of sins, such as riding without helmets, riding the wrong way on one-way streets, and blowing through stop lights and stop signs. But that doesn't mean that motorists can forget that they are piloting a two-ton vehicle that will do a lot of damage to a person on a bike.

So, a quick reminder to all hassled and harried family car drivers who are navigating today's roads in SUVs and sedans: Please be aware of cyclists. The summer should be a fun time for motorists and cyclists alike, and there should be no reason to spend it regretting an avoidable accident.

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