Police: Bicycles, Mopeds Have Same Right To Road As Cars

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Greensboro, NC -- The warmer it gets, the more you're going to see people biking and driving mopeds out on the roads.

While it might be tempting to go around bicyclists and mopeds on the road, before you pass them, police said think about this: If you wouldn't pass a tractor trailer in that spot, you shouldn't pass a bicycle or a moped either.

"They have the right to be on the road, the same as any vehicle. And they have the responsibility to be on the road," said Officer C.S. Schneider, with the Greensboro Police Department.

Bicycles and mopeds are considered slow-moving vehicles.

They need to ride with traffic, use hand signals when turning and stop at red lights.

But following the law hasn't eliminated some close calls.

"Just getting my momentum up to cross the street, and they get a little close sometimes. That's scary," said Alphonso White, a bicyclist.

"Often times, it's a van or a truck, someone who just won't give you 18 inches or two feet," said Neil Belenky, a bicyclist.

"Give us some room and we'll find a way to get out of your way," said John Hill, who has driven a moped for more than 40 years.

According to Schneider, here's what drivers often forget:

If you're going to pass a bike or moped, pass in a passing zone. That's what the yellow lines are for.

Don't expect a bicyclist or moped driver to move over onto the shoulder. On two wheels, they could easily lose their balance.

When you pass, make sure you are two feet from the bike or moped in the back and in the front.

Before you pass them, give them a little honk so they're ready for it.

"You never think that you're going to be the one that does it, that whatever it is that you're doing is going to harm or injure another person," said Schneider. "The fact of the matter is, more people die in automobile crashes than anything else."

Here's another reason to obey the law, North Carolina is considered a "No Fault State".

That means, whether you're in a car or on two wheels, even if you did just one thing wrong when you got into an accident, you're just as much at fault as the driver who was completely ignorant of the law and hit you.

In 2011, there were 25 bicyclists killed in accidents in North Carolina, two more than the year before.

Every year, it happens right here in the Triad.

For more safety tips, visit: http://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/lawspolicies/

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