Important Bicycle Safety Tips and Resources
“If only I’d been watching for bicyclists.” No Regrets When You DRIVE WITH CARE – Pedestrian Safety message targeted towards drivers.
With more and more people riding bikes as a means of transportation, exercise and recreation, it’s important for drivers and riders to be extra careful and obey the rules of the road. This safety campaign tip card reminds us there are “No Regrets When You Drive With Care” and when you follow these basic traffic guidelines:
- Share the road with bicyclists.
- Stop before turning right on red.
- Passing bicyclists too closely is dangerous and illegal.
- Focus on the road. Avoid aggressive driving.
- Obey the traffic laws, signals and speed limits.
Posters distributed include both bicycle and pedestrian safety. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office promoted this safety message on large, digital billboards. The City of St. Augustine, Police Department and Sheriff’s Office joined forces in St. Johns County to promote these biking, walking and driving safe messages, including posting billboards in high traffic areas around the county.
Sharrow – Share The Road Arrow for Drivers and Cyclists
Do you know what a “Sharrow” is? Many people have not seen them before and if they have, they really don’t know what it means. Throughout Florida there are these road markings in the middle of a lane showing a bicycle with two arrow lines above it. This is a Sharrow!
- A SHARROW is a shared-lane marking indicating where a cyclist has the right to ride.
- Give cyclists 3 feet of space when passing.
- Under Florida Law, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles.
- Focus on the road and obey the traffic laws, signals and speed limits.
No Regrets When You SHARE THE ROAD
Northeast Florida’s Community Traffic Safety Program has created materials to help educate both drivers and cyclists about these Sharrow, shared-lane, markings. They include a goody bag for special events, easy tip card hand-outs and a poster with safety reminders and road rules for when there is a Sharrow and road sign saying bicyclists “MAY USE FULL LANE”:
- When there is no bike lane or when the road lanes are too narrow, the cyclist should take the full lane to encourage safe passing and reduce the chance of being “squeezed”, hit or forced off the road.
- The cyclist should take the full lane when passing parked cars in order to avoid open doors.
- On wide road lanes a driver overtaking a bicycle should maintain a clearance of at least 3 feet between the car and the bicycle.
Drivers are a primary target of our bike safety messages. We also include some basic safety tips for cyclists of all ages with our “Adventures in Biking Safely”:
- Wear a bike helmet with chin strap snug.
- Use bike lanes (children are safer on sidewalks).
- Ride on the right, with the flow of traffic.
- Dress in bright clothing and use reflectors.
- Pick the right bike, that fits your needs and height.
- Don’t ride alone or in the dark.
- Use hand signals when turning.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
These double-sided bookmarks are distributed to libraries throughout our community with bicycle safety tips for drivers and cyclists.
RESOURCES – Bicycle Safety Tool Kit
|2017 Bicyclist Crash Facts||2015 Bicyclist Crash Facts||2010-2014 Bicyclist Crash Facts|
Press Releases and Social Media Messages
|Press Release – Free Safe Bike Riding Clinic for Children||Social Media Messages – Bicycle Safety|
Graphics and Logos