When we are riding in traffic, we often come across signs along the road that include the following:
- Stop Signs
- Workers Ahead
- Uneven Lanes
While bicycles and automobiles do not share many similarities, they are both permitted to use the same roads, and even follow the same laws. Cyclists also have their own set of rules and signs that are only for them. But what about stop signs?Do bikers need to obey them?
The purpose of traffic signs
Traffic signs keep cyclists and motorists safe by preventing accidents, damage to their vehicles, and warning them of dangerous driving conditions on the road. It is critical for both cyclists and drivers to pay close attention to these signs to avoid collisions and injury.
If there is construction ahead, debris, or uneven lanes, it could cause an accident. On a highway or busy street, this could be deadly for a cyclist. They can get run over if a motorist does not see them in time. Traffic signs are warnings, and they must be followed accordingly to be effective. This also includes signs that are specific to cyclists, like signs for bike lanes or bicycle parking.
Riding safely with the flow of traffic
Speed limit signs are not necessarily for cyclists, but it is crucial to know how fast other vehicles are traveling on the road. Automobiles are permitted to pass a biker, but they must keep at least 3‘ from the bike. Impatient or distracted drivers might not see them. The biker should be in the right lane and as far over as they can safely ride.
More and more cities are providing a special lane on the right-hand side of the road particularly for bicycles. This allows cyclists to avoid traffic and other large vehicles. This also makes it easier for cyclists to see signs along the bike lane.
If a cyclist comes to a stop sign, they can stop safely without worrying about potential accidents with a car or truck. While cyclists are not required to use bike lanes, they are designed to make cycling safer and more comfortable.
Can cyclists use the sidewalk?
Yes, a cyclist can use the sidewalk, but they are considered a pedestrian. They must yield to other pedestrians who are on foot. When they stop at an intersection or red light, they must obey the same laws.
Crosswalks are much safer places for bikers to cross. Crossing the street at random areas could result in an accident with a motorist.
Stay safe and watch out for each other
The only way that a bicyclist, pedestrian, or driver can be safe on our roads and sidewalks is if we watch out for each other. An accident involving a bike and automobile could result in injury or death, so cyclists must obey all road signs and laws to ensure that other vehicles do not hit them. Following the rules makes it safer for everyone on the road.