Bicycle driving is much like driving a car, because the same rules of the road apply. However, two-wheeled vehicles are narrower than cars. This compels bicycle operators to pay more attention to their visibility and position in travel lanes in order for their movements to be predictable to other road users.
This gallery provides real-world examples to illustrate how cyclists can optimize their safety and efficiency when negotiating traffic.
Where To Ride
Speed positioning: Always ride on the right-hand-side of the road, and never on the sidewalk. Slower drivers operate closer to the curb; faster drivers operate closer to the center of the road and pass slower traffic on the left.
Modern roads are often wide enough for motorists to pass cyclists safely while sharing a single wide lane. In narrow lanes where this isn't the case, it's often safer for the cyclist to ride far enough into the lane to make it clear to motorists that they must move into the adjacent lane to pass. Riding closer to the center of the lane also makes you more visible to motorists who may cross your path at driveways and intersections, and keeps you away from hazards at the edge of the road.
Avoid the door zone: Stay at least 3-4 feet away from parked cars to avoid being doored. It's unlikely that you'll be able to stop in time when someone opens a car door right in front of you, and you won't have time to merge left safely. On some streets avoiding the door zone means you'll be using an entire travel lane, but that's better than a broken neck.