Helmets: Bicyclists are strongly
encouraged to wear American National Standards Institute
, or the American Society for Testing and Materials
(ASTM), or Snell Memorial Foundation
(Snell) approved helmets at all times.
Paved Shoulders: Bicyclists are
strongly encouraged to ride on paved shoulders which are equal to or greater
than three feet in width whenever they are available.
Ride to the Right, With
with normal traffic flow and ride to the right side of the roadway. If
lane width allows, stay within two feet from the curb or roadway edge
allow you maneuvering space to avoid debris or potholes. Lane markings
are for your safety and benefit.
Be Predictable: Do not surprise
a motorist, pedestrian or other bicyclist. Hold your line. Act
predictably and avoid sudden movements. Do not show off by stunting
or weaving in traffic.
Group Riding: Ride in single file
on the right side of the roadway. Avoid overlapping wheels.
Use Arm Signals: Signaling intentions
is essential to let motorists and riding companions know what you are about
Remember that pedestrians
have the right-of-way.
Be Easily Seen:
brightly colored clothing and have reflectors on your bicycle. When
riding after dusk, the bicycle must be equipped with a white light visible
at least 500 feet ahead
and have a reflector visible at least 500 feet to the rear. A flag
is useful in increasing your visibility on rural roads.
Carriers must offer
the child protection from rear wheel spokes and a strap to secure the child.
Stop within 15
feet of railroad crossings. Cross railroad tracks at right angles. Trains
always have the right-of-way.
Other Important Safety Tips:
extra careful at intersections, listen for overtaking vehicles, brake carefully
in wet weather or on slippery surfaces, load your bicycle correctly, drink
and eat properly, and be careful of dogs and other animals.