Share the Road campaign in University City--aimed at educating bicyclists and motorists
about their responsibilities to abide by the rules of the road--was
set in motion last winter. In an effort to increase safety for
both bicyclists and pedestrians, members of the University City
community joined with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
(DVRPC) to encourage safe riding and driving.
are some tips on safe riding.
off the sidewalks; ride on the right; be aware and be visible;
obey all traffic signs and signals; always wear a helmet; beware
of the "door zone."
For motorists: be
aware; pass with care; yield to bicyclists; don't honk your horn
at bicyclists; don't drive in a bike lane; look in your rear view
mirror before opening your car door.
more information on sharing the road, see www.share-the-road.org or www.dvrpc.org.
What does it
mean to "Share the Road?"
law, bicyclists may use the
road in the same ways as motorists.
- Bicyclists may "take
the lane" when traveling as fast as traffic.
to bike on sidewalks in Philadelphia
if you're older than 12.
is illegal to drive or park
in a bike lane.
same right of way rules apply
to cars and bikes.
must have a working headlight
and rear reflector when riding
a helmet can save your life.
that a car door opening
unexpectedly into the path
of a bicyclist can be deadly.
that sidewalk riding
and wrong-way riding are
among the leading causes
of car-bike crashes.
the right skills and
knowledge, riding in the
street can be faster and safer than
riding on the sidewalk.
Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 7,
October 7, 2003