On any given day I bet no one would guess what I’m reading. Some days it is medical records about a cervical fracture. On other days it is a study about drunk drivers. Well, today I was reading a publication from the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin entitled, “Bike Sense, The Wisconsin Bicycle Operator’s Manual.”
I’m looking for some information specific to a recent bicycle vs. car collision. Much of the information you probably remember from driver’s ed. For example, bicycles should drive with traffic. It’s safer.
What I was looking for and found was this passage:
You may pass on the right if it is safe to do so. It is safe only if you can maintain at least three feet clearance from both stopped and moving vehicles. When passing, be sure to check for drivers positioning themselves to make a right turn. Motorists may not signal their turns and often do not expect you to be to their right. This is a common cause of crashes.
A recent client was told that he was partially at fault simply because he passed a stopped car on the right. Now, the police report gives the opinion that my client was partially at fault even though there isn’t a basis for it in the law.
If you get a chance, read the bicycle manual. It’s always good to get a refresher on bike safety. Especially, nowadays when more people are avoiding high gas prices and getting back on their bicycles.