ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!!!!!!!!
When you ride on the road, your bike is a vehicle and you must obey traffic laws.
TIPS FOR BICYCLISTS:
HOW TO RIDE IN TRAFFIC
Ride so drivers can see you and predict your movements.
- Obey traffic signs and signals. Bicycles must obey traffic laws like other vehicles.
- Never ride against traffic. Motorists aren’t looking for bicyclists riding on the left side of the road. Ride on the right, with the traffic.
- Use hand signals when initiating a turn. Hand signals tell motorists what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy and of self-protection.
- Ride in a straight line. Whenever possible, ride in a straight line, to the right of traffic but about a car-door-width away from parked cars.
- Don’t weave between parked cars. Don’t ride over to the curb between parked cars, unless they are far apart. Motorists may not see you when you move back into traffic.
- Ride in middle of lane in slow traffic. Get in the middle of the lane at busy intersections and whenever you are moving at the same speed as traffic. (Remember, your bike IS a vehicle when on the road and you ARE allowed to operate it in the middle of the traffic lane, not just at the right edge, when traffic is slow. You’re also responsible for signaling and stopping at stop signs and traffic lights like other vehicles.)
- Follow lane markings. Don’t turn left from the right lane. Don’t go straight in a lane marked right-turn-only.
- Choose the best way to turn left. Remember: There are two ways to make a left turn. 1) Like an auto. Signal, move into the left lane and turn left. 2) Like a pedestrian.
- Don’t pass on the right. Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.
- Go slow on shared paths. Yield to pedestrians. Give pedestrians audible warning when you pass. Do not ride on sidewalks where prohibited.
- When biking with others, ride in line when other traffic is present.
Ride defensively and expect the unexpected.
- Watch for cars pulling out. Make eye contact with drivers. Assume they don’t see you until you are sure they do.
- Scan the road behind. Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving left. Some riders use rear-view mirrors.
- Avoid road hazards. Watch for sewer grates, slippery manhole covers, oily spots, gravel, ice. Cross railroad tracks carefully at right angles.
- Keep both hands ready to brake. You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain.
- Watch for chasing dogs. Ignore them, or try a firm, loud, “NO.” If you can’t get away, dismount with your bike between you and the dog. Don’t try to kick the dog. Call Animal Control.
You’ll ride more easily and safely.
- Keep the bike in good repair. Adjust your bike to fit you, and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly.
- Use lights and wear reflective clothing at night or when visibility is poor.
- Dress appropriately.
- Use a pack or rack to carry things. Saddlebags, racks, baskets, and backpacks are all good ways to carry packages, freeing your hands for safe riding.
- Always wear a helmet!!!! This reduces the potential for head injury by 85%.