Why Don’t Cyclists Just Ride on the Sidewalks?

April 23rd, 2013 by Greg Marks

While it seems to make sense that cyclists would be safer riding on sidewalks, the opposite is true.

First of all, bicycles are considered a type of vehicle, and cyclists must obey the rules of the road. When a cyclist is on the sidewalk, it can be confusing, as the rules and laws that govern pedestrians are different than those that apply to cyclists.

In addition, cyclists riding on sidewalks are more likely to be hit by vehicles backing out of driveways. They can also crash into pedestrians, toys and children, all of which are commonly seen on sidewalks.

Cycling Safely on the Road

By staying on the road, and following the flow of traffic, cyclists are actually safer than on a sidewalk. There are some things that cyclists can do to protect themselves when riding, such as always following posted signs and traffic signals.

In addition, it is best for them to not hug the curb, but to ride in the lane as a car would. This seems more dangerous, but it encourages motorists to switch lanes to pass them, instead of trying to share one lane, a common cause of bicycle accidents.

As a motorist, it is your job to do your best to respect the rights of cyclists. According to the law, they have the same right to be on the road as you do. This is important to note, as in many cities, including Fort Worth, officials are working to encourage cycling.

At the Dallas accident law firm of Guajardo & Marks, we believe that the best way to prevent an accident in Dallas is to better understand those we share the road with.

If you have been hurt during an accident, whether you’re a driver or a cyclist, be sure that your rights are represented. Call 972-774-9800 to speak with a Dallas injury attorney who knows the value of your case and how to get you the compensation you deserve.