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Tips for Biking on the Road

1. Always wear a properly-fitted helmet.

Always wear a properly-fitted helmet

2. Make sure your bike is working properly and the tires are inflated to the proper pressure indicated on the tire sidewall. Your bike must be equipped with a red reflector on the back and a continuous white light on the front for night riding

3. Always ride in the same direction as traffic. Never ride against traffic like you may have been taught to walk. Motor vehicle drivers do not look for oncoming traffic in their lane.

4. Ride as far to the right as is practicable not possible. That means you should ride out far enough away from the curb to avoid road hazards like gravel, grates or pot holes.

 

 

avoid debris when biking

Example 4.

 5. You should also keep about 3 feet away from parked cars to avoid being "doored."

avoid being doored

Example 5.

6. Ride in a straight line and in a predictable manner. Don't weave in and out of parked cars.

7. Take the Lane: When riding on narrow lanes in which there is not enough room for cars to pass you safely without moving into the other lane, bicyclists should ride farther out into the lane so motorists are not tempted to squeeze by and possibly force you into the curb. This technique, called "taking the lane," is legal but may earn you a few honks from the horns of impatient drivers.

Check over your shoulder before making lane changes and signal your intentions.

use hand signal to stop or turn