Leave your bike
Look for the following cover: (From Best to Worst)
Do Not take cover in the following areas:
Riding in Traffic
Sharing the road with cars, SUVs and trucks is an unnerving
Cyclists are not only expected to follow all of the same
traffic laws as
Always wear a helmet. Communicate clearly with motorists;
if possible, make eye contact.
Basic Rules of the Road
Wear your bike helmet on every ride. Always obey the rules of the road. Stop at stop signs and lights. Wear bright, highly visible clothing whenever you ride, preferably with reflective tape or patches. Ride in control at all times. Proceed at a safe speed. Never ride in the dark without front and rear bike lights and reflectors.
Ride in the same direction as traffic. Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other riders or vehicles. Don't hug the curb too closely. Maintain a safe distance from the pavement edge. Ride in single file for safety's sake. This is required by law in most states. (NOTE: Some states allow cyclists to travel two abreast. Do this only when roads are clear and free of traffic and the need is urgent. Riding three abreast is usually illegal.) Don't ride on sidewalks (unless no other safe option exists). Even where the law allows it, it's seldom safe. In heavy, slow-moving traffic, it may be safer to ride in the middle of a traffic lane so that everyone can see you and cars won't try to squeeze around you. On busy streets, don't swerve back and forth around parked cars or other obstacles. Maintain a straight course and watch out for opening car doors!
Stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Communicate
your intentions to drivers and other cyclists as much as possible. Use
hand signals whenever you turn or stop, but assume that those signals
might not be understood by every driver. Make eye contact with drivers.
This usually helps keep both riders and drivers safe. Watch out for
things that can add to (or cause) problems between cyclists and automobiles,
like bright sunlight, fatigue, darkness and sharp bends in the road.
Avoid things that can cause accidents between bicycles, like following
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