When entering the street from driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks, cyclists should stop and watch for traffic. All cyclists, including children, should always yield to oncoming traffic, and look both ways before entering a street to avoid car-bike collisions.
A bicycle is a vehicle, and cyclists should always ride on the right in the same direction as traffic. Riding a bike facing oncoming traffic (i.e., riding on the left side of the street) is dangerous and greatly increases the chance of a collision with a motor vehicle. Motorists need to respect a cyclist’s right to share the road.
To avoid a collision with others using the road, all cyclists should shoulder check before turning or swerving to avoid hazards. All cyclists must stay alert and watch for cars coming out of driveways and back alleys. Pedestrians (people walking) have the right of way over all vehicles, including bicycles. Cyclists should let pedestrians cross before moving through an intersection or a crosswalk.
Cyclists that are learning to ride should stay off of busy streets. Sidewalk riding is recommended for children who are not yet able to ride safely in traffic due to their age and/or ability. Children riding on the sidewalk should be taught to yield to anyone walking. Children should also be taught to yield at every street and driveway when they are riding on the sidewalk. A person backing a vehicle out of a driveway does not expect to encounter another vehicle, in this case a bicycle, on the sidewalk.
Sidewalk cyclists can also be obscured by bushes, hedges, or fences. Experienced cyclists should ride on the street to avoid collisions with pedestrians.