Chapter 9 of What Every Driver Must Know, published by the Department of State, focuses on sharing the road with pedestrians, emergency vehicles, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds, segway scooters (electric personal assistance mobility devices), school buses, and bicyclists. In 2012, the League of Michigan Bicyclists collaborated with the Secretary of State's office to update the bicycling subsection of this chapter to give drivers and drivers education instructors more comprehensive instruction on how to safely share the road with bicyclists.
Below are the exceprts (as of 10/29/13 - visit DOS's website to check for additional updates) of the subsection focused on sharing the road with bicycles.
Bicycling is a form of transportation that many people choose to use for both economic and health benefits. Bicyclists may legally ride on Michigan roads, except limited access freeways, and have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Respect the right-of-way and share the road with bicyclists. They are vulnerable. Both bicyclists and drivers need to share responsibility for avoiding conflicts and communicate intentions while using the roadway.
When passing a bicyclist:
When turning and at intersections:
Tips for Safe Bicycling:
Info about Kelsey's Law, texting ban, and other information here.
How bicyclists and drivers share the road determines how safe everyone on the road is – including passengers and pedestrians. Here’s a review of what drivers and cyclists need to know in common driving situations (FYI: we will post more in depth information soon about avoiding common crash scenarios).
Check the curb lane and check over your right shoulder so you do not cut off any cyclists.
Watch for vehicles that may not see you and turn wide at intersections.
Look ahead for oncoming vehicle or cyclists. Check the crosswalk for pedestrians.
Watch for vehicles that may be about to turn left.
Change lanes to pass. Do not pass too close to cyclists. They need 3 feet on either side as a safety zone.
Watch passing vehicles and be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.
Before opening the car door, check your mirror and over your shoulder for cyclists and pedestrians.
Watch for people in parked vehicle who may open the door as you are passing.