Envision a world where people who drive or ride a bicycle safely coexist by adopting responsible practices each time they get in their car or on their bike. That is Please BE KIND to Cyclists’ vision for DriveKind RideKind. Everyone sharing our roadways should take personal responsibility for their decisions when operating a vehicle by being aware, being prepared and planning ahead.

Motorists and cyclists must realize the importance of educating oneself on the rules of the road, including how much distance to keep between a car and a bike or in which traffic lanes cyclists have the right to ride. Being a responsible motorist involves learning and remembering these rules and applying them every time you are behind the wheel.

Everyone on the road must do their best to eliminate distractions for themselves, including texting or talking on the phone, listening to loud music, or eating.  These distractions inhibit our ability to drive as well as we normally would.

“The same part of our brain that assesses how well we are at doing something is the same part we are using for multitasking,” says Art Markman Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at The University of Texas, as an insight about multitasking. “So the more our brain has to deal with, the less able we are to deal with it.”

Planning ahead is also essential for all road users. Both motorists and cyclists should be prepared for anything that may cause unfavorable driving or riding condition, such as environmental factors like bad weather or nighttime darkness or fatigue. Planning ahead for conditions which may include designating a sober driver or securing a place to stay until a storm dissipates, is an essential part of being a responsible motorist and results in a safer road for all. Don’t drink and drive, Texas; this law also applies to cyclists!

DriveKind RideKind is an effort to educate and inspire all road users toward safe behavioral change, and this begins with everyone on the road taking personal responsibility for their actions.

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