A bike is a source of pride and a symbol of independence and freedom. It’s also fun. But sometimes bicyclists forget it’s not a toy: it’s a vehicle.
Bicycling is among the most popular recreational activities for both children and adults. However, cyclists sometimes forget that their bike is also a mode of transportation similar to other vehicles. Every year, hundreds of bicyclists are killed and thousands more are injured in preventable crashes. You can minimize the risk and maximize the fun by becoming informed about maintaining your equipment and wearing the proper safety gear.
Safety and Cycling Tips
Wear a brightly colored helmet and retro-reflective material on your clothing.
Ride with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic laws. Traffic signs, signals and pavement markings
apply to bicyclists, too. Bicyclists must adhere to the directions given by police officers and crossing guards.
A bicyclist who is not traveling at the same speed of traffic must ride in a designated bike lane or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of roadway.
Communicate your intentions to other road users by using appropriate hand signals.
Always slow down and yield to pedestrians. Stay alert and remember that drivers or pedestrians may not see you.
Always stop and look left-right-left before entering the roadway.
Cross at marked crosswalks and follow pedestrian crosswalk lights where available.
When riding on the sidewalk, cross at marked crosswalks and follow pedestrian crosswalk signals where available.
When you are part of a cycling group, ride single file, not side-by-side.
Never ride at sunset or after dark, especially on narrow roads and roads with speed limits that
exceed 35 mph.
Don’t wear headphones or listen to music while riding because you need to hear what’s going on around you.
Plan your route before you leave home and let your family know where you’re going, a
number where they can reach you and when to expect you back.
Sign up for a bicycle safety course to learn about basic traffic laws and master skills needed to share the road with motor vehicles.