Follow these tips for bike safety

BY FRANK BABEL

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On Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, avoiding bike accidents can come down to a judgement call made in a millisecond. Here are some tips to avoid injuries:

For motorists:

  • • Speed kills. Don’t speed.
  • • Don’t roll through stop signs. At intersection look twice in both directions before entering traffic.
  • • If you see a waiting bicyclist, make eye contact, and then decide who goes first.
  • When making right turns onto roads or driveways, look to the right for approaching cyclists.

For Everyone:

  • • We all are the people responsible for safety: motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. So please err on the side of caution, be patient, pay attention, and no texting or distracted driving.

For cyclists and pedestrians:

  • Most crashes happen at intersections. Always make eye contact with drivers of waiting vehicles at intersections.
  • • Pay attention to what is around you.
  • Stop at roadway stop signs.
  • • Be mindful that in South Carolina, motor vehicles have the right of way. So if a vehicle stops while you are waiting at a crosswalk, don’t go. Wait for a traffic opening. There may be a hidden approaching vehicle.
  • • Cross arterial roads at signalized intersections or an underpass.

Frank Babel is Co-chair of Hilton Head Island Bicycle Advisory Committee.