Station 4: Driveway Ride-Out and Roadway Entry
In a bicycle ride-out collision, the cyclist generally does not look for car traffic and does not slow
when entering the traffic stream. Obstructions, such as bushes, parked cars and fences, are factors
to consider when approaching from a driveway. Riders need to assess and reassess the traffic
flow before entering the roadway, as cars are usually coming from both directions, Children often
think that if they see the car, the car sees them, which is usually incorrect.
1. Be aware of hazards associated with driveway ride-out and roadway entry.
2. Identify visual hazards that block the view both for the vehicle driver and the bicyclist.
3. Be able to search and assess traffic conditions before entering the roadway.
4. Demonstrate proper road entry from driveway.
- Explain the hazards of roadway entry from a driveway. Discuss the proper way to enter a
roadway (check for traffic to the left, then right, and left again.) Explain the importance of
rechecking in both directions before proceeding.
- Walk the students to the spot on the road where an approaching car would be visible in a real-life
situation. With a bicyclist on the driveway and a shrub and parked car in place, simulate a
roadway entry with the bicyclist. Discuss obscured vision and potential crash situations.
- Have all students go to the driveway. Two volunteers will hold cardboard cars in both lanes of
the road. Tell students that if one of the cars is facing them, that means the car is coming. When
the helper turns the car to the side, that means the car has passed.
- Have the students walk their bicycles down the driveway to the roadway entry point. The rider
should be ready to ride the bike, either sitting on the bike with feet on the ground or standing
over the bike in a ready-to-ride position. Instruct the riders to look left, right, and left. When
traffic is clear in the direction to be traveled, the rider proceeds onto the roadway.