We come across many clients looking to ride for the first time since they were young. It is true, “you never forget how to ride a bike”! With that said, some people may be a little shaky getting on a bike after being on hiatus for many years. Further more, these same folks may have never considered or learned basic safety rules for the road!
We want and need all cyclists to be safe on the road! so here are some basic tips to learn and live by.
1. Ride on the right
- Always ride in the same direction as traffic
- Use the lane furthest to the right that heads in the direction that you are traveling
- Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right
2. On the road
- The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists
- Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs, lights, and lane markings
- Always use hand signals to indicate your intention to stop or turn
3. Always wear a properly fitting helmet
- Ensure that the helmet fits snugly and sits squarely on top of the head, not tipped back
- Always wear a helmet while riding a bike, no matter how short the trip
- After a crash or any impact that affects your helmet, whether damage is visible or not, replace it immediately
4. Ride predictably
- Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve in the road or between parked cars
- Check for oncoming traffic before entering any street or intersection
- Anticipate hazards and adjust your position in traffic accordingly
5. Be visible
- Wear brightly colored clothing
- At night, use a white front light, red rear light and reflector and reflective tape or clothing
- Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there
Be safe out there on the road. Have fun!