Bicyclists on public roadways have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers, and are subject to the same state laws and local ordinances. For everyone's safety observe all bicycling laws.
Here are some safety tips for you to follow:
Ride in the same direction as automobile traffic
By law you must ride in the same direction as automobile traffic. It's EXTREMELY DANGEROUS to ride against traffic as motorists, especially at intersections, are not looking for bicyclists riding the WRONG way.
Obey all traffic signs and signals
Stop at all stop signs and signals as requested by law.
Use hand signals
Hand signals tell motorists what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, courtesy and self protection.
Follow lane markings; they are for bikes too!
Don't turn left from the right lane. Don't go straight in a right-turn-only lane.
Don't pass on the right
Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.
Avoid road hazards
Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, slippery manhole covers, oily pavement, potholes and gravel. Cross railroad tracks carefully at right angles.
Keep both hands ready to brake
You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Never use the front wheel brake by itself. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet. Be careful of slippery roadway markings.
Ride a well-equipped bike
Be sure your bike is adjusted to fit you properly. For safety, outfit it with bells, rearview mirrors, fenders and racks. Use a strong headlight and taillight at night as required by law.
Wear a helmet that meets ANSI or Snell standards whenever you ride. Wear bright clothes during the daytime and use a light and reflective clothing at night.
Keep your bike in good repair
Maintain your bike in good working condition. Check brakes regularly and keep tires properly inflated to avoid flats. Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself. Or you can leave it to an expert at a local bike shop.
Lock your bike when you're gone
A U-shaped high security lock is best. Lock the frame and rear wheel to a fixed object. If you have quick release wheels, also lock the front wheel. Consider using a cable in addition to a U-lock.
Don’t ride with two earphones in your ears
Listening to music with two earphones can take away one of your most important senses on a bicycle, your hearing. It’s important that you can hear cars approaching from behind, cyclists requesting to pass, and other important sounds that are vital to your safety on a ride.
Bike resources and safety tips
Find out more about getting the most out of your commute. Check out local bike shops and bike maintenance suggestions, find out how to stay safe, and see other ways you can get involved.
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