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Riding Tips
 
  • Avoid riding at night, but if you must, use a headlight, a taillight, reflectors on your pedals and wear bright, reflective clothing.
  • Scan the road behind you. Check over your shoulder as you ride being careful not to loose your balance or swerving. Many riders use a handle bar or helmet mounted rear view mirror.
  • Always look back before changing lanes or position in your lane to make sure you are not turning in front of someone.
  • Go slow on sidewalks and bike paths. Pedestrians have the right-of-way. When passing pedestrians give an audible warning to let them know you are passing. Keep a careful eye out when passing driveways. Many drivers back out without even looking.
  • Always obey traffic signs and signals. Many accidents a year stem from bicyclists not obeying the same rules as automobiles.
  • When riding on the street always ride with traffic not against it.
  • Make sure you use hand signals when turning or stopping. Ride in a straight and don't weave between parked cars unless they are far apart.
  • Don't pass a car on the right. Vehicles turning right may not be looking for a bike coming up on their right side.