Safe Riding Tips
Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist’s behaviour, including such things as;
· Not wearing a bicycle helmet,
· Riding into a street without stopping,
· Turning or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind,
· Running a stop sign,
· Riding the wrong way in traffic.
To maximize your safety, always wear a helmet AND follow the rules of the road.
- Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. For more information see
- See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others.
Always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night.
Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights.
Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
- Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
- Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.
- Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and red rear reflectors are essential for night riding), so others can see you.
Rules of the Road – Bicycling on the Road
Cyclists have the same rights and the same responsibilities to follow the rules of the road as motorists. When riding, always:
- Go With the Traffic Flow. Ride on the left in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow – not against it.
- Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
- Give way to Traffic When Appropriate. Almost always, drivers on a smaller road must Give way (wait) for traffic on a major or larger road. If there is no stop sign or traffic signal and you are coming from a smaller roadway (out of a driveway, from a sidewalk, a bike path, etc.), you must slow down and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding. This also means giving way to pedestrians who have already entered a crosswalk.
- Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.
- Stay Alert at All Times. Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear headphones when you ride.
- Look Before Turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic.
· Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).
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