Bicycle Riding… Keep it fun and safe

As National Bicycle Safety Month approaches, it’s a perfect time to remind bicycle enthusiasts to stay safe while they’re riding and having fun enjoying the outdoors.

Why is roadway bicycle safety important? Bicyclists, like pedestrians and motorcyclists, are vulnerable to injury because they’re not protected by an enclosed vehicle like motorists are. Sadly, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) reported that 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2018, up from 806 in 2017. Head injury is the leading cause of bicycle-related deaths, so it’s imperative that riders always wear a well-fitting helmet. 

Read on for more safe riding guidelines.

Before a ride:

  • Choose a bike that’s the right size for you
  • Do a short test ride to check the brakes, chain, etc.
  • Wear bright colors
  • Use reflectors and flashing lights to help you be seen
  • Tuck in pant legs and securely tie shoe laces to prevent chain entanglement
  • Carry items in a backpack or in a pack designed for your bike

During your ride:

  • Keep both hands on the handlebars unless signaling a turn
  • Be focused and alert
  • Do not use cell phones or listen to music
  • Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles
  • Obey street signs, road markings, and traffic lights
  • Look ahead for hazards that may cause you to fall like potholes, railroad tracks, storm grates, and pebbles
  • Look over your shoulder before changing lane position or turning
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