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Posted on: January 22, 2013

[ARCHIVED] For Motor Vehicle Drivers: How To Pass Cyclists

One Road, Many Users
- Treat bicyclists as you would treat any other slow moving vehicle -

Slow Passing Saves Lives
Pedestrians have a 95% chance of survival when hit by a car traveling 20 mph, a 55% chance of survival when hit by a car traveling at 30 mph, but only a 5% survival rate for a car going 40 mph. Want to floor it because an oncoming car is approaching? That only proves it’s not the right time to pass safely.

Lead by Example
Many states require a 3 or 4 foot minimum distance be-tween the car and the bicycle when passing. After you give a cyclist enough room when you pass, the drivers directly behind you will usually follow your line and leave plenty of space.

Make Safe Turns
Before turning, check your rear and side view mirrors for any cyclists. When turning, it is often tempting to speed up to pass and turn in front of a bicycle. It is always better to wait for the cyclist to pass through the intersection before turning. This short pause will help prevent a crash.

No Need to Honk
Honking your horn when approaching a bicyclist can startle him or her and can cause a crash.

Keep Danger Out of the Door Zone
Parked cars present a special danger for cyclists. Passengers and drivers sometimes open doors suddenly. If you are exiting a parked car, always check your mirrors and look over your shoulder to make sure no cyclists or other vehicles are coming. Wait for the cyclist to pass before opening your door.

In Missouri, drivers may not cross the center line while passing unless the left side is clearly visible and free of oncoming traffic. Never cross the center line when approaching a hill; on a curve where the view is obstructed; when the view is obstructed by a bridge, viaduct or tunnel; or within 100 feet of an intersection or railroad crossing.

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