May is National Bike Month. We continue to hear talk about how cyclists and motorists should respect each other. That's all good, but cyclists will never have full respect from motorists until we do a few simple things.

We need to obey traffic laws — this includes stopping at red lights and waiting for the light to turn green before proceeding.

When making turns, we should use the proper hand signals and not make the drivers guess what we're going to do.

Although the law states that drivers need to give cyclists at least three feet of space when passing, often we prevent that from happening by crowding the white line on the side of the road, not allowing the driver adequate space to get around us with a 3-foot margin. Instead of riding on the white line, maybe we should move to the right a little when possible.

Where there isn't room to ride side-by-side, let's ride single file so we're not in anyone's way.

While there are other things we could do, these few things would go a long way toward improving our image with drivers.

Larry Eggett