How to Ride a Bike Safely on the Road

How to Ride a Bike Safely on the Road


How to Ride a Bike Safely on the Road. Over a half-million cyclists end up in emergency
rooms each year. Lower that number by following some rules
on how to stay safe while biking on the road. You will need A bike with working brakes A
bicycle helmet A pair of bike gloves Sunglasses and knowledge of traffic laws. Step 1. Put on your helmet and gloves. Always wear them when riding a bike. Step 2. Remember always to ride with the flow of traffic,
not against it. Step 3. Stay to the far right of the lane you’re
using. You don’t have to ride in the gutter, but
cars should be able to pass you on your left. Step 4. Don’t ride on sidewalks. It can surprise pedestrians, and in many places,
cycling on the sidewalk is against the law. Unless posted otherwise, cyclists have a legal
right to the road, just like any car. However, many drivers don’t know this. Try not to yell back at them. Step 5. Use hand signals to indicate turns and stops. Step 6. Obey all traffic signs, signals, and laws
just like any car would. Step 7. At stop signs and red lights, come to a complete
stop so that you have to put your foot on the ground to keep you upright. Step 8. Choose routes that feature dedicated bike
lanes. Step 9. Wear bright clothing to stand out and sunglasses
to protect your eyes from bugs, debris and the sun. Step 10. Keep your tires properly inflated. An inflated tire is less likely to go flat. And a flat tire can ruin your day. Step 11. If you’re riding at night, mount a light
on the back of your bike and a headlight on your handlebars. Did you know Thirty-six states, plus the District
of Columbia, have mandatory helmet laws.