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Charleston is a great place to bicycle and with the growing population of bicycles on our streets and pathways, it is increasingly important for bicyclists and motorists to be aware of other users on the road.

The BIKE RIGHT»DRIVE RIGHT campaign is a collaborative effort between the City of Charleston and bicyclists to educate both bicyclists and motorists on safe and respectful sharing of our roads.

Bicyclists have the right to use roads and any other designated paths/routes while at the same time have the responsibility to bike right... in other words, obey the rules of the road and ride in a safe manner.

Motorists also have the the legal responsibility to avoid conflicts with bicyclists while at the same time should receive respect by cyclists sharing the roads with them.

The BIKE RIGHT card linked above is part of a campaign to educate new cyclists and remind experienced cyclists about the rules of the road.

TIPS FOR BICYCLISTS:  

RIDE ON THE ROAD
  • The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists
  • Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs, lights, and lane markings
  • Use hand signals to indicate your intention to stop or turn

RIDE TO THE RIGHT

  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic and in the lane furthest to the right
  • Slower moving cyclists and motorists should stay to the right

RIDE PREDICTABLY

  • Ride in a straight line and don't swerve in the road or between parked cars
  • Check for oncoming traffic before entering any street or intersection
  • Anticipate hazards and adjust position in traffic accordingly

RIDE SAFELY

  • Wear a properly fitting helmet
  • Wear brightly colored clothing
  • At night, use a white front light, red rear light or reflector and reflective tape or clothing
  • Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there

 

TIPS FOR MOTORISTS:
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DRIVE SENSIBLY

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way
  • Give cyclists space to take the entire lane when hazards, road width or traffic speed dictate
  • Motorists should reduce speed to allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections

DRIVE CONSIDERATELY

  • Scan for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
  • Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
  • Look for cyclists when opening car doors

DRIVE CAREFULLY

  • Wait until road and traffic conditions allow to pass safely
  • Reduce speed and leave at least three feet of space between your car and a cyclist when passing
  • Check over your shoulder after passing a cyclist before moving back to normal position

DRIVE WISELY

  • Children on bicycles are often unpredictable - expect the unexpected and slow down