Bicycling Safety Tips


Many people who enjoy cycling consider it a fun way to get fit. But, the sport requires that you take certain precautions to ensure that you are safe. You should avoid obstructing sidewalks and building accesses, keep your head up while riding, and wear a helmet.

Bicyclists should wear bright clothing to indicate that they are visible, especially during the daytime. Cyclists should also have a rear-mounted reflector. It should be white or amber in color.

Cyclists should make sure that they are in a marked crosswalk at any time. In the event that the pedestrian signal does not indicate that they can walk, they should cross when they see a red light. They should obey all traffic signs. If they are in an intersection, they should wait for a green light before turning.

When riding at night, you should carry a red taillight and have one front lamp that is visible for at least 200 feet. You should use bells and reflectors, if possible. To prevent collisions, you should also wear earphones while riding. Also, remember to watch for oncoming cars and buses.

A bicycle is a two-wheeled vehicle that has an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The pedals are used to rotate the cranks and transmit 99% of the energy to the wheels. Most bicycles have gears to reduce the amount of energy transferred to the wheels. Gearing can be done by changing the speed of the bicycle, or by changing the gearing of the cranks.

Bicyclists should ride at least three feet behind parked cars. However, in heavy traffic, they can use the same through lanes as motorists. Do not block building accesses or emergency drives.

When making a left turn, bicyclists should position themselves in the middle of the left turn lane. This will give them a good view of the turning vehicles. After they have made their turn, they should “take the lane” and move to the right. This will help them avoid passing the turning vehicles.

Pedestrians and cyclists should obey all traffic signs. They should signal when they want to change lanes or stop. Their signals may be done with their hands. As a cyclist, they should also exercise due care as required by law.

Bicyclists who are pulling onto a highway from a driveway should stop before entering the road. Pedestrians should also yield to cyclists. When crossing a highway at a marked crosswalk, they should also stop. Pedestrians should stop at intersections, as well.

If you are riding at night, you should have a red taillight and a white front headlamp. You should also have wide-angle, spoke-mounted reflectors. You should be wearing a helmet, and you should use a bell if necessary.

While riding, you should be alert for hazards such as pedestrians, parked cars, and bus passengers. If you are not able to see an oncoming vehicle, you should swerve around it, or hug the curb. There is also a possibility that a car door will unexpectedly open in your path.