Four cyclists riding up a windy forest road

3 Safety Tips for Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

While it may be frustrating to have to share the road with cyclists, we must learn to coexist with one another and respect each other’s boundaries.

That said, it’s extra important for motorists to be on high alert when driving near cyclists. Here are three safety tips to help you drive safely near bicyclists:

#1 - Understand that cyclists are more vulnerable than motorists.

Many drivers view cyclists in a negative light because they perceive that the road is for cars and cyclists are simply putting themselves in unnecessary risk. Regardless of your opinion, bicyclists are here to stay and are inherently in a more vulnerable position than car drivers.

Keep this in mind when driving near cyclists and remember to treat them with care and consideration.

#2 - Check twice before passing.

It’s critical to pass bicyclists safely. You can do this by:

  • Checking that they are continuing on their current path, and aren’t planning on turning or taking similar action.
  • Double-check that no traffic is coming in the opposite direction, as you may need to overlap into the other lane.
  • Give cyclists a wide berth. If you drive too closely, you could run into issues, or the cyclist may need to swerve suddenly. Three feet is required by law.

#3 - Check twice before making a right turn.

All of the tips from #2 apply when making right turns, but you should always pay extra attention in this circumstance. If a cyclist goes straight and you turn, you could cause a crash.

You may think that you are able to drive quick enough to avoid cutting off a cyclist when turning, but it’s important to be mindful of the amount of time you truly have and play it safe if you’re unsure.

If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to recover compensation. We want to see that you get it.

Call our firm at (310) 928-9081 today for the representation you deserve.



    The entire AgnewBrusavich team took over everything and were a tremendous help. The insurance company was dealt with, the settlement was received, and I was very pleased with the results. I would not hesitate to recommend AgnewBrusavich to anyone.

    - David H.

    The team at Agnew Brusavich cannot come more highly recommended. If you should have some sort of personal injury case, particularly if you are a cyclist, I cannot think of a better team to handle a personal injury case.

    - E.H.

    Gerry and the rest of the AgnewBrusavich staff certainly delivered on their promises. I would not hesitate to recommend Gerry Agnew to anyone—he and his firm know exactly what they are doing, and take the time to do the very best job they can for the

    - Geoffrey L. (Member of Big Orange Cycling Club)

    Agnew and Brusavich helped me so much after an injury from a car accident. I was shaken up from the experience but they made me feel so comfortable and truly showed they cared about my case.

    - N.B.

    I was referred to Agnew Brusavich, and after meeting with Gerry I felt much better. He and his team handled all the communication between the insurance companies and opposing attorneys and kept me up-to-date throughout the process.

    - John P.

Free Consultation

Over 100 Years of Combined Experience

When your future is on the line, you need a team of dedicated attorneys who know how to fight for the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Hablamos español.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.