Bicycle Safety Tips
Bicycles provide recreation, exercise and personal transportation. But they must be ridden safely with a keen awareness of the cycling environment. Use the tips listed below to help improve your safety and confidence as a bicyclist.
- Obey all traffic signals, signs and lane markings. Cyclists have the same responsibilities and privileges as motor vehicle drivers.
- Purchase and use a bicycle helmet. See http://www.bhsi.org/guide.htm for fitting suggestions.
- Ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic. Car drivers are looking for other cars and truck consistent with the “rules of the road,” not for bikes going in the wrong direction. Pass slower-moving or stopped vehicles on their left except when traveling in a bike lane.
- Ride far enough away from the curb to stay clear of opening car doors (see image at right), potholes, debris and sewer grates and to maintain a straight line. If the road is too narrow for vehicles to pass you safely, it may be better to ride in the right third or middle of the lane to prevent dangerous overtaking. Practice riding in a straight line. It is an important skill when cycling alone as well as with others.
- Ride defensively! Be alert: scan the route ahead for traffic, opening car doors, other people riding bikes, pedestrians, and obstacles on the road surface.
- Ride predictably so that others can see you and predict your movements. Do not weave in and out between parked cars. Use hand signals to indicate turns and when slowing.
- Double check to make sure it is safe before crossing the path of motorists and pedestrians. Motorists sometimes don’t watch for or see cyclists. For some vehicle drivers you are invisible.
- Except when signaling, always keep both hands on the handlebars and be ready to brake. Use secure racks or packs for carrying items or packages.
- Go slower and use caution when the road is wet or icy, or when it is foggy or visibility is otherwise limited.
- Be visible; use lights, and reflectors when riding at night. Brightly colored or reflective clothing can help increase visibility.
- Avoid bicycling upon sidewalks. Motorists don’t expect other vehicles on the sidewalk especially those traveling faster than walking speed. Furthermore, there are often obstructions that limit your visibility.
- Keep your bicycle in good working condition. See http://www.bitrot.de/bbook_intro.html. Only ride a bicycle that is adjusted and sized to fit you.
Also see How Not to Get Hit by a Car which is probably the single greatest fear that that people who ride bicycles have. You’ll notice that the image above is from the same site. Good information for both experienced and novice cyclists.
Upcoming RidesView All Scheduled Rides
Saturday, Jun 24
Start time Varies: Start Location Varies
18-28 Miles, Mellow (10-13 mph), Some Hills
Contact: Lisa Brill - 510-432-3971
Meetings and Events
Saturday, Jun 24
Siskiyou Velo: Bike Wash and BBQ
2:00pm at Mark Moran's House
It’s time for a Bike-wash and BBQ. In any season, a clean bike is a happy bike! And happy bikes ride smoother, faster and look great! Get the winter/ spring mud and grime off of your wheels and make your ride shine!!! The Velos are having a Bike-wash and BBQ Saturday June 24th. Come by and have your bike washed, drive chain cleaned and lubed and the frame pampered lovingly by our two professional cleaners, Tom Ryan and Bruce Rider. Enjoy a brew and some good grilling and kick back and enjoy the company of fellow cyclists. Old bikes, new bikes, kid bikes….any bike. Where? 1655 Minear Road, Medford. When? 11:30am to 2:00 pm. Fee? $5 per member for the BBQ. Optional $10 per bike wash.
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