“A Message to Motorists” is a new, regular feature on EcoVelo. The intent is to help motorists see things from the perspective of cyclists to improve road relations and safety. Since many cyclists are also motorists, it will also remind us to think like bike riders when we’re behind the wheel. If you have an idea for “A Message to Motorists”, please send it to me and I’ll put it in the queue.
When you come to a stop at an intersection where the cross traffic has the right of way, you can help cyclists on the cross street by acknowledging their presence with a complete stop. Making eye contact with them is even better, and if it’s after dark, a quick flash of the headlights would be super. Please remember that if you creep forward as cyclists approach from the side, there’s no way for them to know if you see them and if they’re putting themselves in harm’s way by passing in front of you.
Thanks from all of us bike riders, some of whom may be your friends, neighbors, or loved ones.