Bicycle Safety

Description: Child wearing bicycle helmet

Here are some following steps to protect you and your love ones while riding a bicycle in the roadways:

  • Protect your head. Wear a properly fitted helmet.
  • Before each ride check that tires are properly inflated, brakes work, and the wheels aren't loose.
  • Always wear shoes while riding a bicycle.
  • Ride a bike that is the right size for you.
  • Carry no passengers (except children riding in approved baby seats).
  • Wear bright colored clothing and, if riding at night, place reflective stickers or patches on clothing and/or bicycle so drivers will see you.
  • In low light conditions use a white front and red rear reflector lights that projects at least 500 feet to the front of bicycle and 50 feet to 300 feet in the rear.
  • When exiting a driveway, stop, look left, look right, look left again, and exit only when there is no traffic.
  • Stay alert. Always keep a lookout for obstacles in your path.
  • Ride on the RIGHT with the flow of traffic, in a single file.
  • Stop at all STOP signs and all traffic lights.
  • Do not ride in the wrong direction on one-way streets.
  • Use proper hand signals to indicate turns.
    • Left Turn - extend left arm straight out
    • Right Turn - extend left arm, bend elbow up at a 90-degree angle
    • Stop - extend left arm, bend elbow down at a 90-degree angle
  • Give the right of way to pedestrians.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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