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2 traffic rules that can improve a cyclist’s safety in Connecticut

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | Bicycle Accidents

Some cyclists only ever use designated paths and avoid sharing the road entirely unless they are on a closed course for a race. Such decisions are often made because of safety concerns. After all, no matter how careful a cyclist is, they have significant and unignorable risks generated by the actions of others.

Those in motor vehicles often make very dangerous choices that lead to crashes. The risk of collisions is one of the reasons why there are so many laws in Connecticut regulating the flow of traffic. When cyclists know and abide by traffic rules, they may reduce their chance of a crash and also increase their chances of getting compensation should a crash occur because it will be clear they were not at fault for the collision. The following are two of the most important traffic safety rules for Connecticut cyclists.

Communicating visually with motorists

Proper communication with others in traffic is key to overall safety. For those in enclosed vehicles, communication is simple because manufacturers build systems into the vehicles that make communication as simple as pushing a button, flipping a switch or tapping on the brakes. For those on bicycles, illuminated turn signals and brake lights are usually aftermarket additions that people install on their bicycles. Barring illuminated signals, cyclists will need to use arm signals to indicate to others near them in traffic when they are about to turn or stop while on a road. Proper communication can alert motorists to an upcoming maneuver and drastically reduce the possibility of a tragic crash.

Traveling with traffic

Bicycles are technically vehicles and should therefore follow many of the same rules as other vehicles in traffic. Unlike pedestrians, who typically face traffic when on the road, bicycles travel with the flow of traffic either in a designated lane or as far to the right as is appropriate. Motorists have an obligation under Connecticut Law to share the road with cyclists and to give them at least three feet of space when they are on the road.

Cyclists who know and follow these important traffic rules can reduce their personal risk of a crash. Making safety a top priority is a smart move for cyclists who have more to lose in the event that an accident occurs.