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Bicycle Safety

04 May Blog | Comments

Summer is coming and school will be out soon. One activity that many children and parents enjoy is riding their bikes together as a family. Depending on where you live you may have the option of on the sidewalk or the street.

If you are riding on the sidewalk you will follow the same rules as any pedestrian. When you come to a 4-way stop you will need to look both ways before crossing. If you are at a stoplight you will need to wait for the light to turn red.

Be aware that if you are at a major intersection there might be a green arrow which allows traffic to turn left. You will need to wait for all of that traffic to flow through before you cross the street. Sometimes there is a crosswalk light telling you whether to walk or not. If there is you should follow the lights.

If you are riding on the street there are a different set of rules that must be followed. For example you should always ride with the flow of traffic. You will need to ride on the right side of the street going the same direction as the traffic. It is a law and it is in place so that drivers can see you.

You also need to remember that you are, in essence, a vehicle on the road. You will be required to follow all the traffic signs, lane markings, rules of the road and signals just like any car, truck, or motorcycle. That also means that if you’re driving under the influence of alcohol you can be given a DUI, so don’t drink and bike.

Another important tip keep at least one hand on your handlebars at all times. You never know when you might need to break unexpectedly. You also want to make sure that you can be seen at night. When riding at nighttime make sure you have a headlight on and that you wear bright colors and if possible reflective gear. When using a headlight make sure you angle the light down towards the ground so it doesn’t blind people coming at you.

It is extremely important that you are predictable to the drivers around you. Use the proper hand signals to tell drivers which way you are turning. Also it is always a good idea to keep a little space between you and the motorist next to you. This will allow you an extra second or two to avoid any sudden movements on their part.

Finally something to always keep in mind, animals are as unpredictable as children. While riding your bike you need to watch for them. Animals will sometimes come out from behind bushes or trees and they are just as scared as you are. If you are watching for them you are more able to avoid them.

Riding a bike is great exercise a lot of fun to do. It’s even more fun if everyone stays safe by following the rules of the road.


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