MDOT encourages everyone to be safe on and around bicycles

Taking a look around, it seems more and more people are enjoying the weather and passing the time on two wheels. In fact, many bike retailers are reporting an increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is only appropriate that May is “Bike Month.” It’s a time to highlight the many benefits of biking and encourage more people to give it a try.

MDOT released this video that outlines proper procedures for cyclists and motorists to encourage everyone to be safe on and around bicycles.

According to state law, when a driver comes upon a cyclist, the motorist shall leave a safe distance of at least three feet between their vehicle and the cyclist. It is also unlawful to harass, taunt or maliciously throw an object at or in the direction of any person riding a bicycle.

Bicyclists can also do things to keep themselves safe. Be sure to check your equipment for proper fit, maintenance, and tire pressure.

Plan to be seen. That means wearing bright clothing and using lights when riding at night. Always wear a helmet.

Cyclists are also required to follow all traffic laws. That means riding in the same direction as traffic, using hand signals for turns and obeying traffic signs and signals.

Following these simple rules of the road will keep everyone safe.