MDOT puts "Share the Road" bicycling safety message video on YouTube

Contact: Janet Foran, MDOT Office of Communications 517-335-7176
Agency: Transportation

May 9, 2012 -- To promote safety during National Bike Month, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds drivers to stay alert, share the road safely, and be aware of all roadway users, including bicyclists.

Centerline rumble strips are a proven safety measure that can help reduce the risk of head-on collisions, injuries and, most importantly, save lives. However, the rumble strip noise discourages some drivers from passing a bicyclist at a safe distance. A 30-second video safety message created by MDOT demonstrates safe passing of a bicyclist and sharing the road respectfully. View the video on MDOT's YouTube channel.

Spring and summer months increase the use of roads by bicyclists. MDOT encourages everyone to make safety a top priority. May is National Bike Month, and Bike to Work Week is May 14-18.

State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle says MDOT is joining forces with other transportation agencies to raise awareness and spread the safety message: "Give 'em Space, Make it Safe, Please Share the Road."

MDOT reminds drivers: Lives are in your hands - always pass cyclists at a safe distance.