Christine asked in SportsCycling · 1 month ago

If I have to back up my bicycle on the road because a truck or car is backing up. How can I do that?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    U-turn, get off bike, move forward steer out of way... 

    Change lanes (okay to drive on wrong side of the road in situations like this, ONLY if safe to do so. Then back to legal/correct lane position) (like cars, they should change lanes to pass bicycle. Crossing double yellow lines if needed.) Common sense. A bicycle is a vehicle and common courtesy is expected. _____Only time I won't move is right-turning vehicles, which expects other vehicles to clear the way. Also if 2 vehicles are behind me. (them not making wide turn, to even out path needed. Wider turn beforehand, limiting need to have other vehicles react. If 3+ vehicles, grid-lock, then nobody should move. It would be too problematic)(semi trucks try to take unusual and forbidden roads, like onto alley, roads with proper signage prohibiting such traffic... Intimidating drivers. On bike I'll just wait for light to change or when they stop moving to proceed forward.) 

  • 1 month ago

    Unless you're on a fixed gear bicycle you'd have to use your feet on the ground to go in reverse. The videos OH provided main philosophy is be seen and be predictable. Therefore you should never be so close up on the back of another vehicle that they can't see you.

    Source(s): Motorized Bicycle Owner and Builder.
  • 1 month ago

    Get off, turn it around & push.  

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  • 1 month ago

    Really?  In all my SIXTY-EIGHT years on this earth, I've never had to back up a bicycle.  If a truck is backing up, the driver should turn on his (or her) 4 way flashers.  Some trucks even have those annoying beepers when backing up.  You can't see and/or hear that well ahead of time?  Then you need glasses and/or a hearing aid!

    I've never seen a car back up on the road more than a couple of feet.  Example: they've overshot the mark a bit when a light suddenly turned red.  They find themselves in the middle of a pedestrian crosswalk & back up 3 feet or so.  You should NEVER be that close behind either a car or truck or any motorized vehicle, especially one that can't see you - like a bus or large truck.

    Try reading Bicycling Street Smarts -

    Watch this 3 part YouTube video series.  Here's part one.  Cyclist's Eye View

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