Biking can be dangerous! Remember that you may just be riding a bicycle, but you are actually operating a vehicle just like the driver of any car. Always follow traffic signals and road signs!
Follow these rules to be a safe bicyclist:
- Always ride on the RIGHT side of the street. Never ride against traffic. Ride on the sidewalk, if you can safely do so, but always be alert for cars that may be backing up. Remember to yield to pedestrians and other bicyclists.
- When riding on the street or on the sidewalk, always ride single file. If you want to pass a pedestrian or another bicyclist, honk a horn or yell, “On your left.”
- Always check behind you before passing or changing lanes.
- Watch out for objects that may be on the road or sidewalk that could cause you to lose control of your bike.
- Stop at all stop signs.
- Know your hand signals and use them when making turns.
- Always ride with both hands on the handlebars.
- Be extra careful around parked cars. Someone could open a door into your path.
- Always be prepared to stop, so make sure your bicycle’s brakes are in good working condition.
- Never ride at night without the proper lighting equipment. (a white headlight and a red rear taillight, reflectors on both sides of each wheel, and a red reflector facing the rear). Wear light clothing and always wear a helmet.
Resource: National Safe Kids Association, www.safekids.org