THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BIKE SAFETY
Be Alert. Scan ahead, center, left and right.
Be Wary. Pay attention to vehicles, pedestrians, and others on the road.
Be Seen. Use your horn, hand signals, and light to be seen by others on the road.
BIKE SAFETY TIPS CONTINUED
- Protect Your Head. Wear a helmet.
- Stay Visible. If drivers can see you, they are less likely to hit you. Use lights when biking at night or in low-light conditions.
- Look, Signal & Look Again. Use hand signals to let drivers and other cyclists know where you are going. Look and make eye contact. Don’t assume drivers will stop.
- Stay Alert. Keep a lookout for obstacles in your path.
- Go With The Flow. Bike in the direction of traffic.
- Act Like a Car. Drivers are used to the patterns of other drivers. Don’t weave in and out of traffic. The more predictable you drive, the safer you are. Check for traffic. Be aware of traffic around you.
- Don’t Get Distracted. Don’t listen to music or talk on the phone while riding.
- Obey All Traffic Laws & Lights.
- Assure Bicycle Readiness. Is your bicycle properly adjusted? Is your saddle in a comfortable position?
- Do a Quick Bicycle Test. Check your brakes and your wheels. Make sure that “quick release” wheels are secured properly.
What is a Hazard?
Both road and weather conditions can be dangerous to riders. Identify potential hazards and paying attention to your surroundings will keep you safer.
Hazards on the road:
- Uneven, rough surfaces can cause falls.
- An object in the road can cause a flat tire, loss of balance, or unsafe maneuver. Avoid riding across unknown objects.
- Slippery surfaces create a loss of traction which may cause you to lose control of your bike. Slow down or walk your bike.
TIPS TO AVOID COLLISIONS
- Make safe choices
- Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling
- Keep both feet on pedals
- In a group, ride single-file, with the flow of traffic
- Wear a brightly colored helmet and retro-reflective material on your clothing
- Before entering a roadway: Stop, look left, right, left again, then cross
- Avoid riding at twilight or in the dark, especially on narrow roads with peed limits that exceed 35 mph.
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