Its crunch time on Hilton Head Island, with bustling roads and pathways and visitors experiencing and enjoying our special island. Most visiting cyclists are courteous and ride safely, but some whiz through stop signs, impervious to the world.
A few safety tips might help island motorists. When turning into and out of a street, use your directional signal. Cyclists aren't mind readers. Before turning from a side street onto major streets, such as Pope Avenue or William Hilton Parkway, look right and left -- twice -- before accelerating. If cyclists are waiting at the crosswalk, make eye contact before you zoom out.
At crosswalks, state law requires that motorists yield to cyclists or pedestrians who are in the crosswalks. If they are standing off the crosswalk waiting to cross, you have the right of way. If you are at a signalized crossing, please note whether cyclists and pedestrians have the "white light" to cross. If so, hold your turn and let them cross. When following spandex-clad riders (they are out for exercise), remember bikes are vehicles. They are entitled under state law to ride on public roads, even if next to an adjoining pathway. Please share the road and pass safely.
We have been designated a bicycling friendly community. Following these safety trips can prevent crashes and frustration and help make our visitors' experience positive and memorable. Sending a visitor home with a broken arm or worse because some motorist didn't wait or pay attention is not cool.
Bicycling Advisory Committee
Hilton Head Island