AAA urges all motorists to share the road with bicyclists

Traveling on Connecticut roadways requires care and courtesy — whether you’re operating a car or a bicycle. To generate a greater awareness for bicycles — a legitimate form of transportation — AAA Southern New England shares these tips for motorists and bicyclists alike.

Motorists must:

  • Stay alert.
  • Yield to bicyclists when turning.
  • Check your mirrors and blind spots for bikes before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.
  • Slow down and give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist.
  • Always check for bicyclists when opening your car door.

Because bicyclists can ride on all roads, except where restricted, they have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, including the right to ride in the traffic lane.

However, bicyclists must:

  • Follow the same traffic rules of the road as other roadway users.
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic.
  • Wear a bicycle helmet on every ride.
  • Be visible by wearing bright colors during the day and reflective gear in low light conditions

Roadside assistance

In May, AAA Southern New England rolled out a new bicycle roadside assistance to members in New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield counties.

The new free program means AAA members may request assistance if a disabled bicycle needs minor repairs or requires transportation to a nearby destination within New Haven, Litchfield or Fairfield counties.

To request service, members call 800-AAA-HELP, the roadside assistance number on their AAA membership card. A AAA service vehicle will meet members on any generally traveled road within AAA Southern New England’s territory, any time of day, 365 days a year.

After attempting minor repairs, if the AAA technician is unable to get the member back on the road, the member and bicycle will be provided transportation free of charge within a defined radius.

For more information on bicycle safety tips, brochures, videos and the roadside assistance program, visit aaa.com/bikesafety.