How to Ride Your Bicycle Safely on Our Roads


There are safety rules and laws that control drivers of motor vehicles and bicyclists on our roads. For bicyclists visibility to other road users is a challenge. A bicyclist is not protected as well as a motorist. So here's what bicyclists will need to do to feel safe and confident while riding on our roads.

Attire

The simplest thing you can do is to wear bright colored clothing and a helmet. Night bicycle riders should wear reflective clothing or apply reflective tape to the bicycle or their clothing.

Equipment

Riding a bicycle in the early morning and late evening will require a need for a white front head lamp and a red reflector light on the rear of the bike. If you ride on roads where the speed limit is at least forty miles per hour, you should add at least one blinking red tail light to the rear of your bike and brakes.

Always take your cell phone, pump, a short rain coat and your GPS with you while riding your bicycle. You never know when these will become handy.

Park, Secure, Register

Don't block sidewalks, handicap accesses, or even emergency driveways. Lock your bike to a sturdy stationary object. You can register the serial numbers on your bike with your local police department. Stolen bicycles are usually matched with registered bicycles.

Do Not

Do not carry articles in hands while riding your bike. Do not carry more people on your bike than it is designed for. Do not wear earphones while riding on the roads. Do not ride between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Do not ride on the interstate.

Must

Bicyclists have to obey traffic signs, signals, and lights just like motorists and pedestrians do.

Ride with the flow of traffic on the right side edge of the highway. On a one way street, you may ride on either the left or right sides of the street with flow of traffic.

Stop at all intersections. Always be mindful of potential actions of other road users. Ride defensively as if your life depends on it. It does.