Obey traffic signs and signals, and basic right-of-way rules. Cyclists must drive like motorists if they want to be taken seriously. Doing so is also the safest behavior. When approaching a stop sign or red light, you are required to come to a complete stop and proceed only when safe to do so.
Use hand signals. Hand signals tell other road users what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection.
Ride in a straight line. Whenever possible, ride in a
straight line, to the
Dont weave between parked cars. Dont ride
to the curb between parked cars,
Follow lane markings. Dont turn left from the right lane. Dont go straight in a lane marked "right-turn-only." Stay to the left of the right-turn-only lane if you are going straight.
Choose the best way to turn left. There are two ways to make a left turn. 1) Like an auto. Signal, move into the left lane, and turn left. 2) Like a pedestrian. If you are within a designated crosswalk, dismount and walk your bike across.
Look back before you pass or merge. Leave a good 3-4 feet when passing a pedestrian or another bicyclist. A rearview mirror is a good idea, but dont rely on it alone.
Respect pedestrians rights. Pedestrians have the right of way. Dont cross sidewalks via driveways without yielding to pedestrians. Dont ride on sidewalks. Use the street, bike lane, or bike path. Give a warning: use your bike bell, or call out "Passing on your left".
Keep both hands ready to brake. You may not stop in time
if you brake
Avoid road hazards. Watch out for street car tracks and old railroad tracks. Cross them perpendicularly. Avoid parallel-slat sewer grates, slippery manhole covers, oily pavement, gravel, potholes. All are hazardous, especially when wet.
Watch your speed. Observe posted speed limits and obey the basic speed law: Never ride faster than is safe under the existing conditions.
Ride a well-equipped bike. Be sure your bike is adjusted to fit you properly. For safety and efficiency, outfit it with bells, rearview mirrors, racks or baskets, lights and reflectors.Be visible. Wear light or bright-colored clothing.
Wear a helmet when you ride. Helmets that have passed Snell Foundation or ANSI Z90.4 standard crash tests should be worn. Bike helmets may need to be replaced after a fall. All youths 18 and under must wear a bicycle helmet when operating a bicycle or when riding as a passenger.
Passengers must ride on a separate attached seat. If the passenger is 4 years old or younger, or weighs 40 pounds or less, the seat shall adequately retain the passenger in place and protect him/her from the bikes moving parts. In addition, this passenger must wear a helmet of good fit, fastened securely, meeting ANSI Z90.4 helmet standards or Snell Memorial Foundation's 1984 Standard for protective headgear.
Keep your bike in good repair. Maintain your bike in good working condition. Check brakes regularly and keep tires properly inflated. Learn to do routine maintenance yourself or leave it to the experts at your local bike shop.
Get in shape. Before riding, spend a few minutes stretching your legs and body. If you are not an experienced cyclist, start with short trips and work up to longer distances.
Buy a lock that is appropriate and use it correctly. U-shaped
locks offer the best security but require the removal of the front wheel
in order to secure both wheels and frame. Lay the front wheel alongside
the rear wheel and loop the U around both wheels and frame
of your bike. If the U portion of the lock is completely
filled with the wheels and frame, the lock has less chance of being
broken open. Tall signposts and ironwork are the best objects to lock
your bike against. Small trees are easily cut, permitting thieves to
lift a locked bike away from its support. Chains should be hardened
and have 5/16-inch diameter links, and a key lock with hardened hasp
of the same diameter. Be sure to secure both wheels and the frame, and
never leave the padlock resting on the ground. Smaller diameter chains
and cables are
RIDE SAFELY AND COURTEOUSLY
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