Ride Smart Cycling Tips for Riding Safe
Commuter Tip To Safe Riding

Many cycling accidents can be avoided by following some basic safety rules.

1. Follow the Rules of the Road

  • Ride with traffic and obey the same laws as motorists.
  • Use the rightmost lane that heads in the direction that you are traveling.
  • Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs, lights, and lane markings.
  • Always look back and use hand and arm signals to indicate your intention to stop, merge or turn.

2. Be Visible

  • Ride where drivers can see you.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing at all times.
  • At night, use a white front light and red rear light or reflector. Wear reflective tape or clothing.

3. Be Predictable

  • Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there.
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk.

4. Anticipate Conflicts

  • Be aware of traffic around you and be prepared to take evasive action
  • Learn braking and turning techniques to avoid crashes.
  • Be extra alert at intersections.

5. Wear a Helmet

  • Make sure that the helmet fits on top of your head, not tipped back or forward.
  • After a crash or any impact that affects your helmet, visible or not, replace it immediately.
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