National Road Safety Mission

Cars Vs Bikes: sharing the roads before it’s too late!


Hit the brakes! Did you know over 1.35 million people worldwide are injured in car-bike crashes every year? That’s a scary number, especially since bikes are a healthy, eco-friendly way to get around.

So, how can we make our roads safer for everyone? Here’s the scoop for both cyclists and drivers:

  • Light Up Your Ride: Darkness is dangerous. Use bright front and back lights, even during dusk or dawn.
  • Helmet Hero: A helmet can save your life in a crash. Wear one that fits snugly every single ride.
  • Signal Your Moves: Just like cars, use hand signals to let drivers know where you’re going (left turn, right turn, stopping).
  • Obey the Rules: Stop signs and red lights apply to bikes too! Be predictable and share the road responsibly.
  • Eyes on the Road: Put down your phone and focus on driving. Texting while driving increases your crash risk by 23 times! (Source: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute)
  • Give Bikes Space: When passing a cyclist, leave at least 3 feet (1 meter) of space. It’s the law in many places, and it keeps everyone safe.
  • Check Your Blind Spots: Cyclists can be hard to see, especially when turning. Always check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Yield to Bikes: They have the same right to the road as you do. Stop at signs and lights, and be patient with cyclists who are following the rules.
  • Cities: Invest in protected bike lanes and clear signage to separate bikes and cars.
  • Everyone: Spread the word about safe cycling and driving practices. Talk to friends, family, and neighbors.

By working together, we can create safer roads for everyone. Remember, bikes and cars can share the road – but it takes awareness and respect from both sides. Let’s all do our part to prevent needless accidents and keep our streets safe for cyclists and drivers alike.

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