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Bus drivers learn to be bicycle-friendly

Posted at 2:18 PM, Apr 26, 2019

(COLORADO SPRINGS) – Drivers of some of the largest vehicles on city roads are learning how make travel safer for drivers of the smallest.

Mountain Metro Transit Bus drivers participated in a Bicycle-Friendly Driver training class this week. It’s taught by Bike Colorado Springs volunteers and designed to teach drivers the best ways to share the road with cyclists.

According to MMT, the interactive class covers the following topics:

  • Common crashes between motorists and bicyclists and how to avoid them
  • Laws for motorists and bicyclists
  • How to navigate on-street bicycle infrastructure like shared lanes, bike lanes, and green paint
  • Why sharing the road is often the safest option for both motorists and bicyclists

“This lets the bus drivers know why the bicyclists might be doing what they’re doing, how to proceed safely around them, when to allow extra room and it just makes it safer for everyone,” says Allen Beauchamp of Bike Colorado Springs.

The program first rolled out in Fort Collins and is now being taught across the state.