The League of American Bicyclists sponsors National Bike Month in May. The Second Annual Bike Expo was held Sunday in Albany's Washington Park To kick off the event in the Capital Region. With spring underway and summer around the corner, YNN's Beth Croughan learns how drivers and bikers should safely share the roadway.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Owen Farrell, 10, showed off his new knowledge Sunday as he described the signals bicyclists are taught to use in traffic. Owen and his siblings were students in the Albany Bicycle Coalition's "Rolling Classroom." It's part of the second annual bike expo held in Washington Park.
"The very basics are to ride predictably. And to follow the same rules of the road that a driver does, the driver of a car. Not run stop signs, not run red lights," explained Albany Bicycle Coalition member and League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor Mary Lou Nolan-Gillham.
But as bikers have to follow the same rules, Nolan-Gillham reminded drivers that they also have the same rights.
"Not long they anticipate they can pass a bicyclist and make the right hand turn, don't do that. Just stay behind the bicyclist, let the bicyclist clear that intersection," said Nolan-Gillham of a driver wanting to pass a bicyclist to make a right turn.
Several city streets have bike lanes, but on roads that are too narrow, you might see this marking. It's call a SHARROW, and it means motorists are supposed to share the roadway with bicyclists.
"As a bicyclist, I've seen motorists be very dangerous around bicyclists, but on the other side, as a motorist, I've seen bicyclists kind of come up behind cars make some dangerous choices. So on a whole I think, you need to really be aware of the rules of the road," said Ginnie Farrell, Owen's mother.
If riding solo, Farrell sticks to the street, but Sunday, she joined her children on the city's sidewalks while they continue to learn the rules of the road.