Biking Safety on Sanibel

Looking out of our office window, we see a bounty of bikers peddling up and down Periwinkle Way every day. Especially during the busy weeks of “peak season,” there seems to be almost as many bikers on the sidewalks as cars on the road!

With so much action surrounding the sidewalks and streets, we thought it was important to list a few tips for both bikers and motorists regarding biking safety on Sanibel.

Safety Tips For Bikers

  • When passing cyclists and pedestrians on the left, announce “on your left” before you start passing, so they don’t suddenly move left into you.
  • Use a bell to warn cyclists and pedestrians that you are approaching. This also works well when approaching a crosswalk or driveway where cars are pulling out.
  • Point your left arm out to move left, and point your right arm out to move right. You might have also learned a traditional way of signaling a right turn by pointing your left arm upright. Keep in mind some drivers might not understand this signal, therefore, use your right arm to signal a right turn when possible.

Biker Saftey Signals

  • Ride with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic signals. On Sanibel, wait for the traffic police officer to signal you across the street at the four-way stop signs.
  • Get a headlight and tail light if riding in the morning or evening time. Avoid riding at night.
  • Wear something bright, even during the day. Sanibel is sunny and the sun’s glare can make it hard for motorists to see bikers. Wearing bright colors and/or reflectors will help draw attention to your presence.
  • Don’t wear headphones or talk on the phone while riding. It’s important to hear and see what’s going on around you.
  • Slow down! When approaching crosswalks or driveways, slow down to a speed where it will be easy to come to a complete stop if needed.

Biker Safety Look Out

Safety Tips For Motorists

  • Approach all driveway entries and exits with caution, looking for bikers on the sidewalks and paths.
  • Before making a right or left turn, glance in your side mirrors to see if any bikers are approaching behind you.
  • Bikers and motorists alike should wait for the traffic police to signal you at four-way stop signs. Be aware that the officer might be waving the bikers to cross first, not the cars.
  • When possible, make eye contact with bikers so that you’re both aware of each other. Provide bikers the right-away in most all situations.
  • Slow down! When approaching crosswalks or driveways, slow down to a speed where it will be easy to come to a complete stop if needed.
Tiffany Mills About Tiffany Mills

Meet the Marketing Secret Weapon at McCallion & McCallion. In 2015, Tiffany traded the beltway traffic of Washington, DC, for the sandy, two-lane streets of Sanibel and she hasn't looked back since!