5 Tips for Riding Better

2 May

league_bike_monthAs part of Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) posted the following tips for riding better, and safer.  In my mind at least, they are numbered in order of importance – although they are all good to follow.

If you aren’t a member of LAB, I encourage you to consider joining.  They are the premier organization for cyclists (everyone who rides a bike – not just the spandex clad) and do a lot to protect the rights of cyclists across the country.  We need them!

 

1. Follow the Rules of the Road
• Ride with traffic and obey the same laws as motorists.
• Use the rightmost lane that heads in the direction
that you are traveling.
• Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs,
lights, and lane markings.
• Always look back and use hand and arm signals
to indicate your intention to stop, merge or turn.

2. Be Visible
• Ride where drivers can see you.
• Wear brightly colored clothing at all times.
• At night, use a white front light and red rear light
or reflector. Wear reflective tape or clothing.

3. Be Predictable
• Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between
parked cars.
• Make eye contact with motorists to let them
know you are there.
• Do not ride on the sidewalk.

4. Anticipate Conflicts
• Be aware of traffic around you and be prepared
to take evasive action.
• Learn braking and turning techniques to
avoid crashes.
• Be extra alert at intersections.

5. Wear a Helmet
• Make sure that the helmet fits on top of your
head, not tipped back or forward.
• After a crash or any impact that affects your
helmet, visible or not, replace it immediately.

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