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Whether you prefer to drive a car or ride a bicycle on Kentucky roads, staying safe requires cooperation from all vehicle operators. Accidents that involve cars and bicycles often include severe injuries and may even lead to death. There are several steps both drivers and bicyclists may take to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

Kentucky law considers a bicycle to be a vehicle when you operate it on a public highway. As such, when you are riding your bicycle, you must obey all traffic laws just as you would if you were driving a car. The Louisville Department of Public Works provides essential safety tips for bicyclists. You must obey stop signs and traffic signals and stay within designated lanes. It is also important to signal to others when you are turning or stopping. You may want to avoid wearing headphones while riding so you are able to hear what is happening around you. Wearing bright colors and reflective gear may help other people on the road see you better. You may also attach a light to your bicycle, which is especially important if you plan to ride at night.

When you are driving your car, it is just as important to follow safety rules designed to prevent accidents. You should interact with bicycles as you do with other vehicles on the road, yielding when necessary according to right-of-way laws. It is important to leave at least 3 feet space between your car and a bicycle when you need to pass. Remain aware of bicyclists on the road, especially during warm weather when they are more common.

This information on bicycle safety is intended for informational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.