Many people enjoy biking on neighborhood streets and busier roadways during the warm summer months so it’s important that both motorists and bicyclists follow safe driving and biking practices.
Motorists are reminded that bicyclists are permitted to ride on most roadways in the state. Drivers must take care to “share the road” when driving and exercise caution when approaching bicyclists. And as legal roadway users, bicyclists are required to obey all traffic laws, signs and signals. A bicyclist traveling at less than the existing speed of traffic should ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
Last year, there were 1,959 reported crashes involving bicyclists in Michigan that resulted in 1,563 injuries and 38 fatalities. According to the Michigan State Police, the number of fatal crashes involving bicyclists is disproportionately high compared to other roadway users.
Find more bicycling information, including “What Every Michigan Driver Should Know About Bike Lanes,” at www.michigan.gov/mdot-biking.