Top To Bicycle Safety Rules
Protect Your Head. Wear a helmet!
Studies have shown that using a bicycle helmet can reduce head injuries by up to 85%. Select a helmet that fits snug and comfortable. Make sure that the helmet is endorsed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell Memorial Foundation.
See and Be Seen. Wear proper Clothing.
Wear clothes that let you be seen by others. Clothing should be light in color and close fitting to avoid being entangled in the moving parts of a bicycle.
Go with the flow of Traffic, Stay on the right side.
A bicyclist must obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicles. Stop signs and stop lights, road marks and road signs are for a cyclist as well as a motor vehicle operator. Always use hand signals! Never weave from lane to lane or tailgate or hitch rides on moving vehicles.
Keep your Eyes on the Road. Be aware of traffic around you.
Seven out of ten car vs. bicycle crashes occur at driveways or other intersections. Before you enter a street or intersection, check for traffic and always look left, right and left. Walk your bicycle across busy streets and crosswalks.
Stay Alert, Keep a look-out for the unexpected.
Watch out for potholes, sewer gratings, cracks, railroad crossings, loose gravel, and broken glass. Before going around any object, look ahead and behind yourself for a break in traffic. Plan your move, and then signal your intention. Be especially careful in wet weather and at night.
Beware the Night! Be cautious when bicycling at night.
Always have operational front and rear lights on your bicycle when riding at night. Wear reflective clothing or material on your helmet, ankles, back and wrists. Ride in familiar areas or streets that are well lit.
Go-Off Road! Follow designated bike routes.
Bicycle routes are marked by signs and are usually rated according to their difficulty. They are reserved for bikes only and can be ideal for new riders.
Fix it up. Check your bike!
Your bike should be correctly adjusted to fit you. Your feet should rest on the ground while properly sitting on the seat. Before using your bike, check to make sure that all parts are secure and working. The handlebars should be firmly in place and the wheels should be straight and secure.
Stop it. Check your bike!
Control your speed by using your brakes. If your bike has hand brakes, apply the rear brakes before the front breaks. Remember to ride slowly on wet, slippery pavement, and to apply brakes earlier since it takes more distance to stop.
Keep your wheels on the road! Wheels should be securely fastened.
Check your wheels before every ride, after every fall, or after transporting your bicycle to insure that they are ”true” and properly fastened and secured. Make sure that tires are properly inflated.