May 4, 2021 - The City of Fort Wayne today highlighted the importance of National Bike Month as communities across the country take time to recognize cycling.
With more cyclists using our roads and trails, motorists should drive with care if they encounter a cyclist.
Here are some tips for motorists:
*Pass with care, giving at least 3 feet of space when passing a cyclist
*Wait to pass until the adjacent traffic lane is clear
*Check your blind spots for cyclists before turning or changing lanes
*Use turn signals to communicate
*Check your side mirror before opening your car door when parked, especially next to bike lanes
Cyclists also have a responsibility to ride safe and predictably while sharing the road with motor vehicles.
Here are some tips for cyclists:
*Follow the rules of the road – Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals
*Be predictable – Ride in a straight line, don’t swerve in between parked cars. Signal your intentions, using hand signals for turns.
*Be visible – Ride where you can be seen and wear bright clothing. If riding at night or in low-light conditions, use a white, front headlight and red, rear taillight.
*Plan Ahead – Ride defensively by watching out for turning drivers, looking out for debris or other road hazards
*Maintain your bike – Make sure your bicycle is properly maintained with inflated tires, working brakes and smooth shifting of gears
Special activities in Fort Wayne:
*Trek the Trails – May 4, 11, 18, and 25
*Bike to School Day – May 5
*Virtual – CycloFemme – May 9
*Virtual – Ride of Silence – May 19
*Bike to Work Day – May 21