10 Tips for Staying Safe on a Bicycle

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Riding a bicycle is a healthy, environmentally-friendly, and just plain fun way to get around. The road, however, can be a dangerous place. When sharing the road with cars, trucks, buses, and pedestrians, it is important to be mindful of safety so you can get all the benefits of biking while minimizing the risks of an accident. Keep the following tips in mind and enjoy the ride.

Wear a helmet. Ride on the right side of the road, with the flow of traffic. Give your bicycle a quick inspection. Make sure the reflectors are secure, tires are properly inflated, brakes are working well, and gears change smoothly. Respect the rules of the road. Stop at intersections and don’t go the wrong way on a one-way street. If riding at night, use a light and wear bright clothing so you are visible to motorists. Yield to pedestrians. Watch out for puddles, potholes, gravel, storm grates, and other obstructions. Ride as if you are invisible. Motorists are not normally in the habit of watching for bikes, so it’s best to assume they don’t see you. No headphones. You need full use of your hearing while riding. Use hand signals so those around you know what moves you’re about to make.

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