Fishers, Indiana – The City of Fishers is joining the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote bicycle safety this summer. The City is focusing on drivers’ awareness of bicyclists during the summer season to prevent crashes and injuries on Fishers roads.
“Sharing the road means drivers’ and cyclists have a responsibility to look out for each other and to respect each other,” said Chief George Kehl. “Cycling has become very popular in our vibrant city both as a means of transportation and recreation, we need to increase safety awareness among motorists and cyclists alike.”
Drivers of motor vehicles must share the road with bicyclists:
- In Indiana, bicyclists may ride 2 abreast in a lane of travel.
- Respect designated bicycle lanes; don’t use them for parking, passing or turning.
- Pass bicyclists on the road with care; allow at least three feet of clearance.
- Yield to bicyclists at intersections.
- Look for bicyclists before turns, either right or left.
- When parked, look for bicyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space.
- Never drive distracted or impaired.
- Do not pass bicyclists on the left at intersections where a turn was indicated.
- Bicyclists should ride defensively:
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic, as a vehicle on the road.
- Never ride three abreast and avoid riding two abreast with too much space between bikes.
- Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings; signal all turns; and follow local laws.
- Be predictable; ride in a straight line and indicate any turns.
- Stay focused; look ahead for traffic and obstacles in your path.
- Be visible; wear bright colors, reflective materials and lights on your bicycle.
- Stay alert; don’t use electronic devices.
“The Fishers Parks Department and Police Department are partnering to bring awareness to drivers’ and bicyclists during this popular riding season,” said Parks Director Tony Elliott. “Bicycling has become very popular in the City of Fishers and we want to make sure everyone is safe while they participate in recreational activities.”