September 10, 2013
Motorists: Be Courteous and Aware – Share the Road
With the start of fall semester, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to use caution when interacting with each other. As part of these efforts, we are sending safety tips to both drivers and cyclists alike.
PTS, in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wants to promote safety on our roads.
Cyclists and motorists have the same rights, rules and responsibilities on most Kentucky roads. Below is a list of driving tips that will help keep the road a safe way to travel:
Every Lane is a Bike Lane: Cyclists have a right to the road. Be alert and patient. Expect cyclists on the road at any time, especially on signed bike routes. Do not use a bike lane as a turn lane.
Pass with Care: Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way. A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing cyclists. Stay behind cyclists when you are turning right. Don’t honk your horn when approaching cyclists. You can startle the cyclist and cause a crash.
Be Alert: Check your mirrors. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists, yielding to them at crosswalks and intersections; pay special attention while driving on or around campus. Scan for cyclists before turning across a bike lane, driveway or onto another road.
Don’t Speed or Text: Follow posted speed limits and follow distracted driving laws; don’t text message while your vehicle is in motion.
For more information about sharing the road with cyclists and pedestrians, visit www.moveitpeople.com/bike/safety. For a complete list of local bike ordinances, visit www.lexingtonky.gov/bikewalklex.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to tune into 1700 AM (WQKH 253) to hear campus parking and transportation information. The station broadcasts 24 hours, 7 days a week.