Wicomico County Sheriff’s office releases Delmarva Bike Week tips for citizens

Residents are reminded to watch for motorcycles during Delmarva Bike Week.

Because thousands of motorcycle riders are visiting Delmarva from September 15-18 for Delmarva Bike Week, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people to be extra careful, and to watch for motorcycle riders.

Officials say because of their smaller six, plenty of cyclists are hidden in a car’s blind spot. Sheriff Mike Lewis says, “It’s crucial that motorists always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.”

Sheriff Lewis also provided tips for drivers to assist with keeping motorcyclists safe on roads:

  • Remember the motorcycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway.  Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width-never try to share a lane;

  • Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections;

  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic;

  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a mo­torcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;

  • Remember that road conditions which are minor annoyances to other vehicles pose major hazards to motor­cyclists;
  • Allow more following distance, three or four sec­onds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emer­gency, and don’t tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.

Sheriff Lewis is also reminding motorcyclists of their responsibilities. He says they should adhere to the rules of the road, be alert to other drivers, wear department of transportation compliant helmets and protective gear.

Sheriff Lewis also says share the road and be courteous to motorcycles, and always look once, look twice, and look again at intersections.

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