Because cars and bikes, as well as pedestrians and bikes, all use the right-of-way a little differently and have to share that space, we need to know what we can expect of each other.
What Motorists Expect of Cyclists
When riding in the street, you must follow all traffic signals and signs, just as if you were in a car. This isn't just a courtesy, it's a legal requirement. Traffic laws exist to bring safety and predictability to the transportation system. By following standards for intersections, roadways and the public right-of-way, everyone knows what to expect.
Motorists expect cyclists to follow the traffic laws and, if travelling slowly, politely move to the side when possible to allow other vehicles to pass.
What Cyclists Expect of Motorists
Bicyclists have the same rights and privileges as other vehicles on the road, and in some situations, have the right-of-way. It's not just a courtesy for motorists to share the road with cyclists, it's the law. When passing a cylists, motorist are required to leave 3 feet of space. Be aware of bicycles at intersections or when turning, especially when turning.
Cyclists expect to be followed at a safe distance, to be passed with at least 3 feet of space, and to be treated with respect by motorists.
What Pedestrians Expect of Cyclists
While trails provide non-stop connections though many parts of the city, cyclists still need to control their speed. Cyclists should slow down when the trail is crowded and give adequate space when passing other trail users (no different than how a car is expected to pass a cyclist). Pass on the left and give an audible warning--ring a bell or say “on your left”.
Pedestrians expect to be alerted before being overtaken by a cyclist; and to be passed at safe speed with appropriate space.
What Cyclists Expect of Pedestrians
While pedestrians always have the right-of-way, please don’t abuse that privilege. Pedestrians should stay to the right depending on the direction of travel, leaving half of the trail open for passing or oncoming trail users. Keep dogs on a short leash, and if wearing headphones, use a volume level that allows you to hear what is going on around you.
Cyclists expect a pleasant, uninterrupted riding experience and to have space available to pass slower moving trail users.