10 things motorists should know


Mighk and Metroplan have provided a one-page handout for motorists. This came about from a post on the forum: Educating Bubba, by Biker Rick.

Print your own copies and give ’em to all the Bubbas in your life 🙂

EDIT 7/31, 10 PM: For those of you who live in other cities, states or countries, you may download this zip file which contains the text as rtf and the illustrations as jpg. You may edit the text to reflect your statutes and lay it out in your favorite desktop publishing program.

Attributions: text by Mighk Wilson, illustrations by Keri Caffrey

Go forth and prosper.

18 replies
  1. Abhishek
    Abhishek says:

    This is a good hand out. I think most people are annoyed at cyclists because they think we are not allowed to ride on roads anyway. Hence the high frequency of ‘Sidewalk!!’ yells.

  2. andrewp
    andrewp says:

    Got ’em stashed in my bag; waiting for the next opportunity …….. 🙂

    thanks Mighk!

  3. Bob Sutterfield
    Bob Sutterfield says:

    Would it be possible for you to share at least the graphic elements, or maybe even the entire source document (in whatever publishing software you used) so we can produce a version for California?

  4. Mighk
    Mighk says:

    Keri would have to give the OK for her illustrations. The text is public domain since it was done for Metroplan Orlando. I did it in MS Publisher.

    I’ll be on vacation next week, so I won’t have access to the file ’til 8/10, but anybody can copy the text from the PDF.

  5. Rantwick
    Rantwick says:

    As others have noted, despite the fact 99% of the traffic law is the same, the first thing my Bubbas will say is “hey, this is from Florida!”

    I am going to undertake a search for anything similar for Ontarians, and if it doesn’t exist I think I might just make one… I have some City Planner connections… hmmm…

  6. Kevin Love
    Kevin Love says:

    I think that I may just do this for Ontario. It will definitely include things like:

    *The fact that motorists are automatically liable for any damage they may cause in a crash (or any other way) unless they can prove that they were not negligent. Highway Traffic Act (HTA) section 193

    *The “impeding traffic” regulation applies only to motor vehicles, not bicycles. HTA 132

    *Slow moving vehicles (like bicycles) are explicitly allowed to take the right lane on multi-lane highways. HTA 147.

    *If the highway is not multi-lane, the obligation of vehicles being passed is to turn out to the right-hand half of the highway. HTA 148.

    *Cyclists have no legal obligation to identify themselves to police officers unless they are being charged with an offense. HTA 218.

    *Even if they are being charged by a police officer with an offense, cyclists have no legal obligation to carry or produce any form of identification Their legal obligation is to give their correct name and address. HTA 218.



  7. Kevin Love
    Kevin Love says:

    Another one, for anyone who feels like parking in a bike lane and obstructing the orderly movement of bicycle traffic.

    From Ontario’s “Highway Traffic Act,” Section 134. Source:


    Removal of vehicle, debris blocking traffic

    134.1 (1) Where a police officer considers it reasonably necessary,

    (a) to ensure orderly movement of traffic; or

    (b) to prevent injury or damage to persons or property,

    he or she may remove and store or order the removal and storage of a vehicle, cargo or debris that are directly or indirectly impeding or blocking the normal and reasonable movement of traffic on a highway and shall notify the owner of the vehicle of the location to which the vehicle was removed. 2005, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 20.

    Costs of removal

    (2) The costs and charges for the removal and storage of the vehicle, cargo or debris removed are a debt due by the owner, operator and driver of the vehicle, for which they are jointly and severally liable, and the debt may be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction and are a lien upon the vehicle, which may be enforced in the manner provided by the Repair and Storage Liens Act. 2005, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 20.

  8. john
    john says:

    The drivers who need to know are the Bubbas but they don’t really care as their vehicle is much larger than yours and they are typically not held accountable for the reckless disregard of others. It is those who refuse to learn that needs to be taught. This should be a national campaign on two levels: law enforcement and for ALL road users.

    Reckless driving has become a cultural norm as the vehicles of choice are larger, more powerful, more comfortable, more entertaining and in addition safer to its inhabitants than ever before. Our streets have more lanes and speed limits are being raised not lowered. Until public attitudes are changed and law enforcement is fair and effective, education is unfortunately wasted on the educated.

    Meanwhile a judge reduces the bail on first responder Diez so he can be back on the street. Message delivered… but the list is great.

  9. Mighk
    Mighk says:

    I’ve met plenty of well-intentioned people who simply don’t know what the rules are, or understand why cyclists “insist on endangering themselves by riding in the road.”

  10. Eric
    Eric says:

    ‘I’ve met plenty of well-intentioned people who simply don’t know what the rules are, or understand why cyclists “insist on endangering themselves by riding in the road.”’

    And will also say, “I don’t care what the law is . . .”

  11. danc
    danc says:

    Wonderfully simple and easy to ready!

    Thank you Keri and Mighk!

    (Good job saving text in rich text format, rtf!)

  12. Keri
    Keri says:

    The way to change normative thinking is to move the ones you can. Most of the non-cyclists I know are receptive to understanding cyclists’ needs on the road. They simply are unaware. It’s true that we probably can’t educate Bubba directly. But if the normative culture around Bubba becomes more aware and accepting, he loses his sense of power and legitimacy to be a flagrant jerk.

  13. Steve A
    Steve A says:

    Keri’s post has wisdom in it. Bubba doesn’t want to be seen by his friends and neighbors as a neanderthal – even if he is…

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