May Walking & Biking Tip

Walking and Biking Tips

Sixth in a series: something every driver / bicyclist should know about sharing the road.

Wonder why that bike rider stays five feet away from the row of parked cars as you're trying to navigate a narrow street? Cyclists call it being doored. If someone swings open the door of a parked car, the cyclist who is too close goes down. With many drivers pausing to check text messages or finish phone calls before they get out of a car, there's no telling when a door will pop open.

Don't shoot up the gutter side when cars are stopped at a light. Most cyclists do it, but it's dumb and dangerous. It also doesn't save a whole bunch of time. If the light changes and traffic starts moving, the driver you've just pulled next to may be oblivious and cut you off with a turn..