Tucson will host the world renowned El Tour de Tucson on November 18, 2023. This annual race is in its 40th year and welcomes over 7,500 riders in distances from 102 miles to a family fun ride of 1 mile.
With the El Tour de Tucson drawing near, our streets are buzzing with an increasing number of cyclists enjoying cooler mornings and training for the big event. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist prepping for the 100-mile race or a driver who's concerned about road safety, it's crucial to remember that sharing the road is a two-way street. Here are some tips to ensure everyone stays safe:
Give Space: Arizona law requires that you give a minimum of three feet when passing a cyclist. If you can't pass safely, slow down and wait until it's clear.
Look Before You Turn: Always check your mirrors and blind spots for cyclists, especially before making right turns. Cyclists might be coming up behind you faster than you think.
Don't Honk Unnecessarily: Honking can startle cyclists and make them more prone to mistakes. Only honk when it's absolutely necessary to avoid a collision.
Be Visible: Invest in bright clothing and reflective gear. At night, it's mandatory to have a white front light and a red rear light to be visible from at least 500 feet away.
Follow Road Rules: Just like any other vehicle, cyclists are required to follow the rules of the road. This includes obeying traffic signals and stop signs.
Signal Your Intentions: Use hand signals to let drivers and other cyclists know when you're planning to turn or change lanes. It helps everyone anticipate your next move and act accordingly.
Both cyclists and drivers bear the responsibility for road safety. Drivers, remember that cyclists have the same rights to the road as you do. Cyclists, ensure you're seen and heard; never assume a driver can see you. When we all pay attention and respect one another, we make Tucson's roads safer and more inviting for everyone — whether on two wheels or four.
If you are interested in learning more about sharing the road and cycling safety, check out Look! Save a Life.
Safe cycling and driving!