A bicycle is often the first vehicle a person gets, usually as a child. It may, therefore, be thought of more as a toy than as a vehicle. Furthermore, having a bicycle is often one’s first taste of independence and mobility. With a bicycle, a child has access to roads where he or she may have walked or crossed before. Now as a bicyclist the child must be aware of, and follow, a new set of laws and regulations. While bicyclists may complain that automobile drivers do not “see” them on the road, drivers complain that bicyclists ignore, whether deliberately or through ignorance, safety rules and state/local laws.
Motorists must be alert to the presence of cyclists and drive responsibly. A cyclist should not assume that the motorist has seen them. The cyclist should attempt to establish eye contact and adjust his/her activity in anticipation that the motorist is not aware of their presence. According to the “Capital Times of Madison”, Wisconsin (July 8, 1995), “Motorists failing to yield the right of way to a bike caused 42 percent of