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rider commuting on a bicycle 

Bicycle Commuter Safety

Bicycling can be a fun, dependable and virtually free mode of transportation. Bicycle commuters burn almost 500 calories an hour, making commuting by bike is an excellent way to stay fit.  Bicycling to work or to complete errand around town can be easy and fun, when you prepare in advance and follow the rules of the road.  If work is too far to bike to, consider riding to transit stations and taking Santa Rosa City Bus the rest of the way.

 

 

Before You Ride

  • Always ride a bike properly sized and fitted to your body. Most bike shops can help you with adjustments.
  • Wear a helmet to protect your head. Adjust your helmet so that it fits snugly and sits forward on your head, protecting your forehead.
  • Determine which route you will take.
  • Equip your bicycle with reflectors and consider purchasing a rear view mirror
  • Determine what facilities are available at your destination for bicycle storage.
  • Use a strong U-shaped lock to secure your bicycle to bike racks
  • Wear bright, light colored clothes that make you more visible.
  • Use a white headlamp and a red rear reflector for night riding.
  • Check brakes and tires to assure they are in good working condition.
  • Carry a basic tool kit, tire patch kit and tire pump for emergency repairs.

Rules of the Road

  • Wear a bicycle helmet. It is the law for persons under 18 years of age.
  • Ride with the traffic flow, never against it.
  • Ride in a straight line.
  • Stop at all stop signs and red lights. Obey all traffic laws.
  • Walk your bike when using a crosswalk.
  • When on a bike you are on a vehicle all traffic rules apply to you too.
  • Use proper hand signals when turning, stopping or changing lanes.  LINK TO HAND SIGNALS SHEET
  • Give pedestrians the right-of-way.
  • Do not wear headphones on both ears while riding.

More information on commuting by bicycle can be found at 511 Bay Area