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 Know Your Hand Signs

Bicyclist hand signals for turning and stopping
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Riding a bicycle can be fun and safe.  Here are a few bicycle safety tips for bicyclists and motorists alike.  Share the Road, on public streets bicyclists must share the road with automobile drivers.  Here are some things to remember:

Bicyclists:

  • must ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it.
  • must use hand turn signals to indicate to motorist their intention to turn.
  • Must always walk their bicylce in crosswalk zones.
  • should ride in a straight line as near to the right curb or edge of the roadway as practical— not on the sidewalk.
  • must make left and right turns in the same way that drivers do, using the same turn lanes.
  • may legally move left to turn left, to pass a parked or moving vehicle, another bicycle, an animal, or to make a turn, avoid debris, or other hazards.
  • may choose to ride near the left curb or edge of one-way street.
  • may use a left turn lane. If the bicyclist is traveling straight ahead, he or she should use a through traffic lane rather than ride next to the curb and block traffic making right turns.
  • must yield to pedestrians.

Helmet How-To

Helmets are an important safety device to protect your head and brain from injury.

  • Wear a helmet made especially for bicycle safety.
  • The straps should always be fastened.
  • Never wear a hat under your bike helmet.
  • Your helmet should be worn level and cover your forehead (two finger widths above your eyebrows)
  • Take care of your bike helmet and don't throw it around.
  • If you …and your helmet… go through a crash, be sure to get a new one.

Many bike helmets today are lightweight and come in cool colors. Set your own style and personalize your helmet with your favorite stickers.  Reflective stickers are a great choice because they make you more visible to people driving.

Rider Checklist

  • Make sure your bike is the proper size. When you’re standing on the ground you should have a 1-3 inch gap between you and the top bar
  • Check and oil your chain regularly.
  • Check your brakes to be sure they work well and aren't sticking.
  • Check your tires to make sure they have enough air and the right tire pressure.
  • Check to make sure you are wearing bright colors or reflectors so you can be seen by drivers
  • Check to make sure all loose objects like pant legs, shoe laces, and back pack straps are secure
  • Remove your headphones. You want to make sure you can hear everything around you
 

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