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Bicycling Safety Tips

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Bicycling Safety Tips

Riding a bicycle is more than basic transportation; it can be a fun and exciting hobby and a great source of exercise. Remember, when you ride your bicycle you share the road with cars, trucks, pedestrians and other cyclists. Here are some bicycle safety tips to help make your ride a safe and enjoyable one:

  • Be sure your bicycle is the right size for you and that the seat is properly adjusted for your height
  • Remember: one person per bicycle
  • Know the rules of the road, and practice them when cycling
  • Learn hand signals, and be sure to signal all turns, lane changes, and stops
  • Keep to the right, and NEVER ride against traffic
  • Walk your bike across busy intersections
  • Always wear a safety approved bicycle helmet to protect your head from injury in case of a fall
  • Ride safely and don’t try to do stunts like wheelies or riding with no hands
  • Stay alert for parked cars that may be trying to join the flow of traffic and for car doors that may suddenly swing open
  • Always wear brightly coloured clothing when biking
  • Carefully inspect your bicycle before every use; be sure to check the brakes, tires, chain, handlebars, pedals and seat
  • Avoid riding in the dark
  • Equip your bike with reflectors and lights
  • Lock up your bike when leaving it unattended