Street safety is a shared responsibility

Street safety is a shared responsibility
Posted on 04/16/2021

The City of Lenexa is installing new signage and markings recommended by its Complete Streets Plan to indicate safe on-street routes for bicyclists and remind drivers to be aware of cyclists in the area. 

To prevent collisions and other incidents, it’s important for everyone who travels our streets to understand the rules of the road for both cyclists and drivers.

Complete Streets Plan New Lenexa bicycle loop



Most car/bike collisions happen at intersections and driveways when motorists or bicycles are turning.


  • Always look for bicyclists and pedestrians before making a turn.
  • Check your blind spot for approaching cyclists at every right turn.
  • If you’re driving next to a bike lane, cautiously use the bike lane as a right turn lane to avoid cutting off cyclists.
  • Watch for approaching cyclists when pulling out of a driveway or opening a car door on the street.
  • Treat bicyclists as slow-moving cars. Slow down and pass when it’s safe to do so, leaving at least 3 feet of space when passing.
  • Think about how much space you would need to have between your car and the bicycle if the cyclist fell.
  • Be patient and drive the speed limit.
  • Use caution when you’re driving near cyclists or pedestrians, especially children. They may not see you. Be prepared to stop.
  • Yield to pedestrians and cyclists in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked.
  • Watch for cyclists to use hand signals, which tell you what they intend to do.
  • Don’t surprise cyclists by doing things like stopping/turning quickly or honking your horn.
  • Don’t drive distracted. Put your cell phone away and don’t wear headphones.


  • Obey all traffic signs, signals and lane markings.
  • Dress safely and visibly. Always wear a helmet.
  • Travel in the direction of traffic in a single-file line.
  • Keep to the right side whether you’re on a street, sidewalk or trail.
  • Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone when cycling.
  • When approaching other cyclists or pedestrians, make sure they’re aware of your presence.
  • Use hand signals as a matter of courtesy and self protection.
  • Keep an eye out for objects on the road that might make you swerve or fall, like rocks, trash, storm grates, wet leaves, potholes or gravel.
  • Watch for parked cars, doors opening, cars pulling in and out of driveways and pedestrians.
  • When approaching an intersection, watch carefully for motorists turning in front of you — you may be going faster than they think. Also, look for drivers turning left across your path. They’re looking for gaps in traffic and may only be paying attention to other motor vehicles.

Bicycle hand signals

Published April 16, 2021