Can’t We All Just Get Along? Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists

bicycleDriving carefully around cyclists is so important because they lack the protection that a motor vehicle provides. What would be a fender bender with another car could seriously injure or kill a cyclist.

As we approach the end of summer, maybe you’ve already had some close calls with cyclists. To prevent any more from happening, we’ve thrown together some tips for sharing the road with cyclists.

Yield To Life, an organization that promotes safety concerning bicycles, explains how important it is to have patience around cyclists. If there is oncoming traffic or if you are unable to see ahead because of a curve or obstruction, simply wait to pass the cyclist in front of you.

When turning right, check your right side view mirror to see if there is a cyclist on your right that looks to be heading straight through the intersection.

When turning left, make sure that an oncoming cyclist is not riding straight through the intersection. Cyclists can often be hard to pick out in a busy intersection.

No cyclist appreciates getting “doored.” This happens when someone in a parked car opens the door to get out without checking their side view mirror first.

Overall, one of the best tips for sharing the road with cyclists to just to expect them. By expecting them and making an effort to look for them, you’ll never be surprised when they appear.

Volkswagen Electric Scooter Planned for Release Soon

Volkswagen is planning to release its own version of an electric scooter that would ultimately compete with the Segway. Volkswagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, revealed the bold next step for the automaker in a recent interview with the German publication, Bild. For more on the Volkswagen electric scooter, continue reading.

The VW electric scooter actually shares some design elements with the limited-production diesel-powered plug-in hybrid, XL1. The new scooter will weigh about 24 pounds and has an electric range of 12 miles. The scooter folds up for easy stowaway in your trunk or handling if you plan to carry it. It’s also pretty stylish, coming in a white, grey, and yellow eye-catching design.

It hasn’t been confirmed if the new Volkswagen electric scooter will make its way to the US or not, but we certainly hope it does! For pictures and more information about the new scooter from VW, click here.