Whether you're a driver or a cyclist, please watch this video to refresh your knowledge of The Rights and Duties of Cyclists:
Are you a driver, cyclist, or driver/cyclist?
Did this video help you better understand the laws of the road from a cyclists perspective?
i'm not a cyclist, but enjoyed watching the video. i have known about a lot of the duties/rights that a cyclist have, but it's good to learn some things that i didn't actually know before.
Thanks for the response!
I think what you wrote is interesting. It seems like if one isn't a cyclist and just a driver, they might not be aware of these things. Do you think that's because there isn't a large enough emphasis on drivers tests/licensing? I remember having to identify the hand signals during my test, but nothing as comprehensive as the video shown above. Perhaps more emphasis is needed during driver's education? What do you think?
I am a driver/cyclist and I enjoyed the video. I am aware of my rights and duties but I have to admit, it's very hard to control your lane. I live in an area with very agressive drivers and I'm not the fastest cyclist. Drivers pretty much drive like I'm non-existent. They continually try to push me over. It makes me a nervous wreck. Even on the roads with bike lanes, drivers have brushed against me.
You didn't mention cyclists and runners. I also run. I've had the situation where I'm in the bike lane, a car next to me and a runner coming towards me in the bike lane. I can't move because of the traffic next to me yet the runner doesn't want to move off the road. By the end of my rides, I end up hating everyone.
Seriously, it was a good video and I hope non-cyclists watch it and find something beneficial.
Thanks! This was useful. I am getting back into biking after some surgeries, and biking in Jacksonville, FL (at least in our neighborhood) is rather risky. Good to have some more safety tips. You'd be surprised how people drive (or, maybe not). I know a lady who laughed at me when I said I wanted to ride my bike down a certain road. This would never have been an issue in the Keys or even in Columbus, OH. There is a noticeable lack of bike paths here.
Toby htis needs to be mandated for htose that take a drivers test and even renewals. I htink it should be played on T.V. as well. Living in Las Vegas I believe we have some of the most uneducated drivers around we do have bike lines but not in all areas. Where I live I would like to ride my bike to work but refuse to cross over the freeway because of the way people drive. I have been working with my son on his hand and arm signals and watching for cars infornt and behind him.
I believe alot of drivers are uneducated about this. Hear when you control a lane you get honked at and they close up on you especially in construction areas.
Thanks for increasing our awareness.
Like most of us I am a cyclist and a driver. I think it is important to be empathectic. I mean when I am driving and I see cyclists I look for what is good and bad, for me a big issue is visibility I look for what I have a hard time seeing and try to avoid the clothes or behavior and look for what I can see well from behind the wheel and try to emulate. I noticed on bright sunny days on a road with trees blotching the road with shade and bright sun cyclists become almost invisible in the shade contrast to the bright sun and consequently I ride with a flashing tail light all the time now and it works real well, it washes out in the bright sun but becomes very visible in the shade. My only worry is this syndrome I have heard about people driving into flashing lights like mindless lemmings. As far as altercations between cyclists and drivers as cyclist we have rights but we are at a severe disadvantage with public opinion and physical harm so education and prevention is the best policy. Great video.
I am a driver and a cyclist. I thought the video was great! Every cyclist should be required to learn these simple rules. After all, they are very similar to driving rules. But to make sure we're all on a level playing field, every driver should be required to know what the cyclist's rights are as well. Driver's are taught about pedestrians, why not cyclists? Driver's are taught about trucks, why not cyclists? Even if every cyclist rode his/her bike perfectly, according to the rules, there would be injuries and death, because drivers DO NOT UNDERSTAND the cyclist's rights. Drivers must be made to understand.