To save money and in keeping with becoming a more environmental friendly nation, more people are using their bicycles as a mode of transportation. Because there are more new bicyclists on the roads, accidents involving motorists and bike riders are on the rise. The majority of these accidents are due to not knowing and obeying the laws when it comes to who has the right of way on the streets. An even bigger number of accidents are because of not following safety guidelines. A collision between a driver and a bicyclist is one of the most serious accidents, since typically end up causing fatalities. Most of these accidents are usually avoidable by just adhering to some basic rules, having good judgment, and using common sense.
While some cities have created bicycle lanes on their roads, a good number have not. Bike paths are created for a reason: so that bicyclists can have a lane on the road just the same as motorists. They are not for drivers trying to bypass other motorists they feel are driving too slowly. Likewise, bicyclists who choose to ride in between cars instead of along the designated bike paths are putting themselves at risk for an accident.
Sometimes, motorists have no patience with other cars when it is time to turn, let alone a bicyclist. However, trying to be the first to turn, especially when a bike rider is next to a motorist can prove fatal. It can cause the bicyclist to have to stop right in the middle of riding, which can lead them to get hit by another car. Or, cutting them off from turning can cause them to hit the car or fall off their bike in the street. A good rule to follow is if a bicyclist is making a turn in the same direction, give them enough room, space, and time to do so.