People all over the country are taking advantage of their bikes now more than ever before, either due to the high rise in gas prices, wanting to lessen their carbon footprint or just needing the exercise. But before you take off on your bike and ride your little heart out, check out these 5 bicycle safety tips to get you where you want to go safely.
1. Do a safety check – Six Point Bicycle Safety Check.
2. Always obey the traffic signs, lights and road markings.
3. Always wear your bicycle helmet. In most states the law is that any person under the age of 16 has to wear a helmet and in some states its under 18, but the best thing you can do for yourself is wear a helmet at all times, no matter you age, when riding a bicycle.
4. Learn the correct hand signals.
5. Be predictable! Don’t surprise pedestrians, motorist, or other cyclist.
6. Cyclists must ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it.
7. Riding at night – You will need:
- A white light that illuminates the highway and is visible from a distance of 300 feet to the front and sides of the bicycle.
- A red reflector mounted on the rear of the bicycle and visible from 500 feet to the rear of the bicycle
- A white or yellow reflector mounted on each pedal visible 200 feet to the front and rear of the bicycle, a white or yellow reflector on each side forward of the center of the bicycle and a white or red reflector on each side to the rear of the center of the bicycle.