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Tips for Biking on the Road

Click on the video below to learn more about key traffic laws and best practices for biking on a road.

 

1. Always wear a properly-fitted helmet. Make sure the helmet fits snugly and is not tilted backward when you wear it.

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 side of the tire. In order to ride at night, your bike must be equipped with a red reflector on the back and a continuous white light on the front.

3. Always ride in the same direction as traffic. Never ride against traffic, even if you were taught to walk against traffic. Motor vehicle drivers do not look for oncoming traffic in their lane.

4. Ride as far to the right as is practical, not possible. Ride far enough away from the curb to avoid hazards like gravel, grates or pot holes.

avoid debris when biking

 5. You should also keep about 3 feet away from parked cars to avoid being hit by someone opening their car door.

avoid being doored

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

7. Take the lane when space is limited. When riding on narrow lanes where there is not enough room for cars to pass you safely without changing lanes, ride in the middle of the lane so that motorists are not tempted to squeeze by and possibly force you into the curb.

8. Check over your shoulder before making lane changes and use a hand signals to alert drivers and other road users of your intentions.

use hand signal to stop or turn