Riding a bicycle can be fun and safe. Here are a few bicycle safety tips for bicyclists and motorists alike. Share the Road, on public streets bicyclists must share the road with automobile drivers. Here are some things to remember:
May choose to ride near the left curb or edge of one-way street
May legally move left to turn left, to pass a parked or moving vehicle, another bicycle, an animal, or to make a turn, avoid debris, or other hazards
May use a left turn lane. If the bicyclist is traveling straight ahead, he or she should use a through traffic lane rather than ride next to the curb and block traffic making right turns
Must always walk their bicycle in crosswalk zones
Must make left and right turns in the same way that drivers do, using the same turn lanes
Must ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it
Must use hand turn signals to indicate to motorist their intention to turn
Must yield to pedestrians
Should ride in a straight line as near to the right curb or edge of the roadway as practical - not on the sidewalk
Helmet How-To Helmets are an important safety device to protect your head and brain from injury.
If you and your helmet go through a crash, be sure to get a new one.
Many bike helmets today are lightweight and come in cool colors. Set your own style and personalize your helmet with your favorite stickers. Reflective stickers are a great choice because they make you more visible to people driving.
Never wear a hat under your bike helmet.
The straps should always be fastened.
Take care of your bike helmet and don't throw it around.
Wear a helmet made especially for bicycle safety.
Your helmet should be worn level and cover your forehead (two finger widths above your eyebrows)
Check and oil your chain regularly.
Check to make sure all loose objects like pant legs, shoe laces, and back pack straps are secure
Check to make sure you are wearing bright colors or reflectors so you can be seen by drivers
Check your brakes to be sure they work well and aren't sticking.
Check your tires to make sure they have enough air and the right tire pressure.
Make sure your bike is the proper size. When you're standing on the ground you should have a 1-3 inch gap between you and the top bar
Remove your headphones. You want to make sure you can hear everything around you