What should you do when driving down the road if you come upon a bicyclist traveling in the same direction you are traveling? As a driver in this situation you are required to leave a safe distance that is no less than 3 feet of clearance when passing the bicyclist and maintain that distance until you have passed the bicyclist. According to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles1, 1,092 bicyclists were involved in crashes with a motor vehicle in 2010. Of those 1,092 bicyclists, 1,028 were injured and 9 died as a result of being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. A driver’s duty to protect bicyclists does not end once he or she has parked. One of the most common ways that a bicyclist can get hurt is when a driver or passenger of a parked vehicle opens the door in front of the bicyclist. Wisconsin law requires that anyone in a motor vehicle must first look to ensure that opening the door of a vehicle will not interfere with the movement of traffic or endanger any other person or vehicle. 2 You must also be aware of your surroundings to make sure that it is safe for your child to open the door of a vehicle before you allow the child to exit the vehicle. To be safe, make sure to look and proceed with caution when you are sharing the road with a bicyclist.
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