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Tips For Drivers and Bicyclists When Sharing the Road

 Posted on May 10, 2022 in Criminal Defense

Ozaukee County Traffic Violations LawyerWith warmer weather slowly returning to Wisconsin, more bicyclists and pedestrians will be out on local roads. Some drivers may not know the rights and responsibilities that bicyclists have as they are sharing the road with motor vehicles or the proper behavior for drivers around bicycles. Bicycles are considered vehicles and belong on the road. Here are some tips for safe driving when bikes are present and to avoid risking severe accidents and traffic violations.  

Wisconsin Rules of the Road for Bicycles and Motor Vehicles

  • Bicyclists should generally ride on the right side of the road or traffic lane, except when passing slower traffic, going around objects such as parked cars or other hazards, preparing to make a left-hand turn, or when the road is too narrow to move farther to the right.

  • Motor vehicles passing a bicyclist must maintain at least three feet of space between them and the bicycle. You are permitted to cross a double yellow line in order to keep this distance while passing a bike.  

  • Bicycles are prohibited from riding on controlled-access highways, expressways, and freeways. On all other roads, they are considered vehicles and are considered permitted users.

  • Cars and other motor vehicles may not drive in a bike lane and must yield to bicycles in a bike lane when preparing to make a turn.

  • When riding in the dark, bicyclists must have a white light in front of their bike and a red light or reflector in the back of their bike, visible for at least 500 feet.

  • Bicycles are permitted to ride two abreast as long as they are not slowing down or impeding the normal traffic flow.

  • Bicyclists are permitted to go through a red light after stopping and waiting for at least 45 seconds. This is allowed due to bicycles not always being able to trigger sensors in the road surface at intersections.

  • Motorists exiting their vehicles must watch for bicycles behind them when opening their doors. The motor vehicle driver will be at fault if a bicyclist is injured by a door opened into their path.

Trust a Dodge County Traffic Defense Lawyer

While any traffic offense has the potential to cause serious injury, there is a much greater risk when an accident involves a motor vehicle and a bicycle. If you have been in an accident with a bike or any vehicle and need legal representation, contact a Waukesha County traffic violations attorney at Bucher Law Group, LLC today. We can investigate the specifics of your case and develop a strong defense. Call us at 262-303-4916 for a free consultation.





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