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Share the Road: Look Twice for Bicycles

May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists, to encourage people of all ages to give cycling a try. Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, but it can be dangerous out on the roadways for cyclists and drivers alike. According to TxDOT's Share the Road campaign, there were 16,807 crashes in Texas involving bicycles between 2010-2016 resulting in 362 fatalities. Over one-quarter of cyclists involved in crashes are younger than 15; another 13% are between 16 and 25. Let's all safely share the road by following these safety tips for drivers and bicyclists:

Tips for drivers:
• Always yield to cyclists.
• Keep a safe distance of 3 seconds behind and at least 3 feet of space when passing.
• When parked on a street, scan the road in front and behind your vehicle before opening doors.
• Check mirrors and blind spots before turning. If stopped at a stop sign or red light, make a complete stop to allow cyclists to pass and check for unseen riders.
• Do not drive in bike lanes.
• Watch out for children riding bicycles. Children on bikes are harder to see and are typically less aware of their surroundings. Always give young cyclists the right of way.

Tips for cyclists:
• Make yourself visible with bright clothing and lights, especially at night .
• ALWAYS wear a helmet.
• Obey all traffic laws and signs.
• Use arm signals.
• Yield right of way to cars and other cyclists when entering roadways.
• Follow the posted speed limits. Do not block traffic in travel lanes.
• Go with the flow of traffic.

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