Follow the Rules of the Road - Carolina Country

Follow the Rules of the Road

Five bike safety tips for when you’re on the go

By The League of American Bicyclists

Follow the Rules of the Road

Warmer weather welcomes numerous outdoor activities and adventures, and biking is no exception. Whether you’re riding a traditional bike, a motorized bicycle or a hardy mountain bike, here are a few bike safety tips every rider should know.

1 Follow the law
You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic and use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

2 Think ahead
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

3 Be conspicuous
Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others, and don’t ride on sidewalks.

4 Be predictable
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

5 Ride ready
Before starting your ride, check that your tires are sufficiently inflated, brakes are working, the chain runs smoothly and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.

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