10 Tips for Safe Bicycling

1)        CHECK YOUR BIKE Make sure your tires are properly inflated and not worn, and your brakes are in good condition.

2)        USE YOUR HEAD

Look and listen for traffic (don't wear earphones), and wear a properly fitted helmet for your protection.

3)        RIDE WITH TRAFFIC

Ride in the same direction as traffic, staying to the right where practical, and usually in the rightmost lane in the direction you are going.

4)        WHEN IN DOUBT  “TAKE THE LANE”

When riding at the same speed as other traffic (for example, when stopped or in traffic jams, or on very narrow roads), it may be safer to “take the lane” to remain visible, especially at intersections.

5)        OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS

Follow all traffic laws.  Avoid a crash and earn respect on the road by driving your bike lawfully and courteously. Stop signs and red lights mean stop for both cars AND cyclists.

6)        KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS

Watch out for road hazards like gravel, potholes and parked cars where people may open doors.  Anticipate what drivers and pedestrians may do next.

7)        COMMUNICATE

Use hand signals to show your intention (left, right, or stop).  Connect personally with drivers by making eye contact when possible.

8)        BE PREDICTABLE

Ride a straight course without weaving in traffic or through parked cars.

9)        REFLECT @ NIGHT

Your bike must have reflectors and a white light on the front and red light on the rear when riding at night.  Wear bright colored clothing for visibility.

10)      KEEP YOUR COOL

Road rage after a close call benefits no one and makes a bad situation worse.