Exeter Twp. police: Drivers, cyclists must share the road

EXETER TWP., Pa. - Bike season is a busy season for Ryan Dewald of Skyline Bike and Skateboard in Mount Penn.  With the business comes the need to explain to customers the risks of cycling on the roads.

"People don't know, they think they're always entitled when they're in this huge vehicle," said Dewald, "and they're pushing kids off the road... they have no respect."

As long as cyclists stay as far to the right as safely possible, they're allowed to ride on the road with traffic.

Now that summertime is upon us, Exeter Township police are issuing a warning to drivers.

"Now's the time of year we start seeing a couple of incidents here and there regarding bicycles and motorists," said Exeter Twp. Police Officer Sean Fullerton.

There are many bike laws, but Exeter Township police want to highlight a few:

  • Drivers must share the road with cyclists
  • Drivers may pass cyclists with 4-foot cushion if safe
  • Cyclists must stop at stop signs and red lights, obey speed limit, use hand signals
  • Cyclists must use white (front) and red (rear) lights at night
  • Children under 12 must wear a helmet.

"When you're in traffic, be alert, know what's going on. You don't know who's distracted right now, we're in the age of distracted drivers," Dewald said.

"Just share the road. We're all out here whether we're driving or whether we're cycling we just want to get where we're going safely," Fullerton said.

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