Common Courtesy Keeps You Safe On The Bike Path
Some of my favorite running routes are along the local bike paths, and I always ride my bike on a bike path because I am not comfortable enough with my skills to ride in traffic–especially while I’m learning to use clip in shoes. Now that I have used the bike paths as both a runner and a cyclist, I have some tips on how to share the road.
Tips for Cyclists
- Be courteous.
- Signal when you pass–use a bell, or a friendly “on your left!”
- Slow down through congested areas.
Tips For Runners
- Be aware–if you wear headphones, make sure you still can hear ambient noise.
- Acknowledge cyclists–wave or scootch to the side of the path so the cyclist knows you heard his/her signal.
- If you are running with a friend, go single file when someone wants to pass.
- Stop and look for oncoming traffic before you take a left turn or turn-around.
I know these tips sound simple, but I can’t tell you how many times I see people who don’t exercise these common courtesies. Cyclists fly by without a signal. Runners stretch across the path even when someone is trying to pass. I’ve seen so many near misses!
As a runner, I’ve been guilty of making a u-turn without looking behind me. As a cyclist, I’ve nearly crashed into a runner who decided to take the path on the left just as I was passing her. (That was before I was wearing clip-in shoes, so I was able to stop suddenly without falling over!)
If runners and cyclists would follow these simple tips on how to share the road we all could stay safe and have fun.
Do us all a favor and pin this image
to help everyone remember to share the road!
I’m linking this up with Tuesdays On The Run as my running pet peeve, because cyclists who don’t signal and runners who run three across on a busy path are my biggest pet peeves!
Have you gotten into an accident on a bike path?
Do you have other ideas on how to share the road?