Safety Tips for Riding a Bicycle
- Driving on the road requires care and courtesy whether you are driving a car or bicycle. As road users, bicyclists must be predictable and obey all traffic laws by riding in a responsible manner.
- Maintain and regularly inspect your equipment. Be safe and keep your bike tuned up. Take it to a bike shop at least twice a year for professional inspection.
- Wear a helmet correctly. Always wear your helmet to prevent head injury. You helmet should be level and snug. You should be able to see the helmet brim.
- Be visible and predictable. Wear bright colors. Ride straight in a predictable manner. Plan ahead to avoid obstacles. Signal before changing directions.
- Ride with traffic. Always ride on the right side. Do not pass motorists on the right. If you approach an intersection with a right turn lane and intend to continue straight, ride with through traffic. When a road is too narrow for cars and bikes to ride side by side “take the travel lane” which means riding in or near the center.
- Watch for potential hazards. Scan the road 100 feet ahead for hazards – drains, potholes, tracks or debris. Allow time to maneuver around these hazards and negotiate with traffic. Avoid riding into open car doors by giving yourself 3 or 4 feet.
- Signal all turns. Look back before you make a lane change or turn. Signal safely in advance using one of these signals.