Safely Share the Road


Written by Admin

On February 23, 2023

How to Safely Share the Road – Know the Law

Throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians have mutual rights and responsibilities. However, motorists should always yield the right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Question: What is the proper direction for runners, walkers and dog walkers to face in our community?

Answer: WALK LEFT!

If there is no sidewalk or shoulder, pedestrians must walk on the left side of the roadway, facing traffic, as close as possible to the outside edge of the roadway.

When two or more pedestrians are on the roadway, walk single file when a car approaches you. Use extreme caution when crossing roadways, particularly on sharp or blind curves.

Question: When riding a bicycle, which direction should the rider be facing?


Bicycles are considered vehicles and are to be ridden on the right side of the road, with traffic. Like motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are subject to the Code of Virginia section on motor vehicles (Title 46.2).

Take a few minutes to review these important safety tips with your children.

For information about LHCC’s gravel walking and bike trails, click here.

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