Sharing the Road with Motorcycles and Bicycles: A Guide to Avoiding Accidents

 

Sharing the Road with Motorcycles and Bicycles (continued)

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Cyclists and motorcyclists take extra effort to be seen by wearing reflective or brightly colored clothing and assuming lane positions that maximize visibility. There are several reasons for this:

  • Drivers tend to only see what they are looking for. Most drivers of cars only look for things of automobile size or larger.
  • A motorcycle is much thinner than a car and difficult to see, especially when approaching from the rear, where they can be hidden in blind spots.
  • Motorcyclists move frequently to avoid poor road conditions and tend to weave through traffic.
  • It is more difficult to estimate the relative speed of a motorcycle since they only have one headlight or two that are closely spaced.
  • Bicycle and Motorcycle riders may not be wearing bright clothes to make them more visible.
  • Bicyclists may not have lights for night riding.

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