Concerns about lack of cycling knowledge

While out enjoying our beautiful spring weather (at last) on my bicycle, I was reminded of how little many drivers know

While out enjoying our beautiful spring weather (at last) on my bicycle, I was reminded of how little many drivers know or understand cyclists and the rules of the road as they pertain to bicycles.

Specifically, a bicycle is a vehicle, not a pedestrian! (I am not meaning young children riding on the sidewalks, or people who are dismounted and walking their bikes, but adult riders on the roads.)

For example, when a cyclist is stopped at a stop sign, do not stop for him on your through road.

Yielding right of way improperly creates dangerous situations for all concerned. Yes, drivers must be aware of cyclist’s greater maneuverability, but lower speed capability, and should give some room when passing, but a car which stays behind the cyclist is more dangerous than one passing properly.

If drivers (and cyclists) just remember and follow the regular rules of the road, everyone will be safer.

Thank you.

Rod Vandaelle

Lacombe