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IU Police want drivers to be aware of cyclists

Sept. 10, 2013

For years, roads were built with only automobiles in mind – and the rules of the road were focused on them. But these days, with more cyclists on the road and more bike lanes being added to streets, it’s essential that drivers and cyclist alike understand the rules of the road.

Drivers need to pass with care:

  • Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
  • Give bicycles at least three feet of clearance when passing.
  • Don’t honk. A car horn can startle a cyclist, causing a wreck.
  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning at an intersection with a traffic light.
  • Look for stopped vehicles; they could be stopping for pedestrians. Indiana law requires all vehicles to stop if approaching a vehicle from the rear that has stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian.
  • Drivers must yield to cyclists in the bike lane.

Treat Bicycles like other vehicles:

  • Never cut them off, yield to them when turning.
  • Always assume bicyclists are traveling straight unless they signal otherwise.
  • Be aware of bicyclist, watch out for them and treat them with respect and give the room they need to be safe.
  • It’s important to note that, once they enter roadway, cyclist have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motorized vehicles.
  • They must obey all traffic laws.
  • Stop at stop signs and traffic lights.
  • Ride with traffic, in the right side of the lane.
  • Use lights when it’s dark.                           

As always the IU Police encourage people to call (317) 274-7911 to report any suspicious or criminal activity on the IUPUI campus.

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