The Indiana State Police reminds motorists to be on the lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly children. More people will be walking and riding their bikes to conserve fuel, for exercise, and for fun. Use caution around children playing in neighborhoods, residential areas, and schools. This time of year, children are more likely to walk and ride their bicycles to schools.
Safety Tips for Drivers:
- Remember: bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities on the roads as other vehicles
- Slow down in or near residential areas and playgrounds
- Look for clues that indicate children may be in the area
- Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs of children possibly darting out into the road
- Children are impulsive; they don't stop to think about safety
- Children have a difficult time judging speeds of approaching vehicles
- Children are not predictable and may lack road sense around traffic
- Make room when you are approaching bicyclists, be patient and wait until it's safe before passing
- Give way and travel at a safe distance behind bicyclists
- Take extra care at night and during wet conditions
Safety Tips for Bicyclists:
- Wear a properly fitted helmet every time you ride
- Check your bicycle for safety. Use the ABC quick check: Air-check your tire's air pressure, Brakes-check brakes to make sure they work, Chain-make sure it is tight and oiled
- Learn and follow the rules of the road; among the most important is always ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Be seen by other road users. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials on your body or equipment at night.
- Stay alert