Cyclists are on the road
Share the road
Cyclists are on the road and motorists are noticing Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Spring fever brings out cyclists and with them some frustrations. A viewer contacted Today's 6 on your side looking for the rules of the road. A viewer told us, they're scared to death of hitting a cyclist.
Especially on the more popular bike roads, like Dry Creek and Cartwright Road. It's a situation that sometimes brings out the worst in drivers and cyclists.
Boise is nirvana for the cycling community.
"I’ve been here 12 years; it’s a great place to bike,” said a cyclist.
Cyclists love it for the scenery
“I like riding out here because all the roads are signed for sharing the road,” said Jason Everard.
But some motorists and cyclists aren't getting the message. On the popular dry creek loop, there's a steady stream of cyclists. Some of the corners are tight.
"Sometimes, they’re not able to get over to the right, there could be a pile of gravel, glass, or the road has a huge pothole, and no shoulder,” said Chris Haunold, owner of Idaho Mountain Touring.
Another frustration for drivers is coming upon cyclists stopped at the top of a hill.
“They’re blind spots for automobiles, you know myself driving, I have seen bikers do that, and some of that has to be common sense. If a biker stops, he should get off the road,” said Everard.
And if cyclists choose to ride in packs, that also presents a huge safety hazard.
“Sometimes they get two or three bikes wide, and on these corners, that really chokes down what an automobile can do for passing,” said Everard.
Experts say courtesy goes both ways.
“If you're riding in a group of cyclists, single file up and make it as easy for cars to get by you as possible,” said Haunold.
There is usually room to share the road, but if a biker does get in your way have some patience.
And above all try not to honk.
“As a motorist, because I'm a cyclist, I also know what scares me. You know, don't rush up behind them and hit the horn really hard, that makes you jump out of your skin,” said Haunold.