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Bicycle Safety Tips

Remember a bicycle is a vehicle. Bicyclists share a complex traffic environment with other forms of transportation. If a bicycle is operated on a roadway, the bicyclist must follow the rules of the road. If the bicycle is operated on a sidewalk or crosswalk, one must walk their bicycle and act like a pedestrian. Responsible bicyclists are involved in fewer accidents. You can be a responsible bicyclist by following the rules of the road and remembering the following safety tips:

  • Always obey all traffic regulations, signs and signals.
  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic, as close to the right edge as practical.
  • Use hand signal before making turns.
  • Avoid sudden swerves. Pedal a straight course on the roadway, without weaving in and out of parked cars.
  • When you ride in the dark, use front and rear lights, proper reflectors, and wear bright and reflective clothing.
  • Always wear an approved and properly adjusted helmet when riding.
  • Be sure your bike is in proper operating condition before each ride.
  • Watch for turning vehicles and vehicles exiting driveways.
  • Watch out for opening doors on parked cars. When riding next to parked cars, be sure to leave enough room for opening doors.
  • Never ride double or carry packages that obstruct your view or interfere with your control of the bike
  • Teach your children the rules of the road for their protection. The safest way to ride a bicycle is according to the rules of the road.