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Tips for Bicyclists

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  • Ride in a way that is predictable for those around you. Ride in a straight line, obey traffic signs and signals, and do not weave in and out of traffic. Riding predictably diminishes your chances of being involved in a crash with another vehicle.
  • Look, signal then look again. When making lane changes make sure you look to see whom you’re signaling to, signal and then make sure to see they’ve noticed or no new vehicles have appeared. Make eye contact with the driver and make sure drivers see you before executing the turn.
  • Watch out for car doors and pedestrians. Be alert that car doors may open or pedestrians may step out from between cars, around corners or other blind spots. Put at least three feet between yourself and cars in order to avoid unexpected hazards.
  • Stay visible. Wear brightly colored clothing and use reflective materials at night. Bicycle road sign
  • Use a bell. A bell alerts drivers, pedestrians and other bicyclists of your presence so they can avoid swerving into your path.
  • Don’t wear earphones/headphones. Keeping your ears clear is a good idea considering motorists may warn you with their horn, bicyclists may communicate with you by using their bell and pedestrians may yell. Whatever the method of communication is, being able to hear it is important.
  • Ride with traffic in the same direction. Riding with traffic not only allows you to make right turns, but it protects you. Drivers aren’t expecting oncoming traffic to be going the wrong way, so when they make a turn they won’t be expecting you.
  • Ultimately, Bicyclists are not pedestrians so they should follow similar traffic patterns as motorists. Stay out of crosswalks, pedestrian walkways and off of sidewalks, unless you are walking your bike.

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