• Plan your route; let someone known where you are going.
• Know your limitations
• Be familiar with your route. Be aware of the locations of police and fire stations, and hospitals. If possible, take a cell phone in case of emergency.
• Carry identification with you.
• Always wear a helmet.
• Wear light or reflective clothing, especially at night
• Bicycles must be equipped with a white head light, red tail light or reflector and side reflectors that can be seen from at least 500 feet away.
WHILE YOU ARE OUT
• Stay alert and aware of your surroundings no matter where you are. Don’t wear headphones as they prevent you from hearing your surroundings.
• Be aware of the conditions around you; keep your eyes open for changing road conditions such as slick patches or uneven terrain.
• Be ready to break at any time. Don’t carry any items that may prevent you from using both of your hands.
• Always trust your instincts.
• Stay in well-lit areas and on heavily traveled streets. Avoid routes that take you through parking lots, alleys, or other dark vacant areas.
KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD
• Bicycles are considered a vehicle on the road and must obey all traffic signals and signs. They must also follow all lane markings, i.e. do not go straight through a right turn only lane.
• Do not ride against traffic.
• Do not weave in between cars and do not pass on the right, cars do not expect it and frequently will not be looking for it.
• Be aware of the traffic around you; listen for approaching cars and check over your shoulder from time to time.
• Use appropriate hand signals when turning.
• There are two ways to make a left turn, either like a car or like a pedestrian. Whichever left turn you choose, make sure to follow the rules associated with it (follow posted signs and street signals).
• Bicycles must yield to pedestrians.
• Make eye contact with drivers. If you do not make eye contact, you cannot assume that a driver sees you.
• Stay as far to the right of the road as practical unless passing, turning left, traveling straight when a right turn only lane is present, or if the road is too narrow to do otherwise.
• Never ride with more than two bicycles side by side when traveling on the road. If on the sidewalk, bicycles must travel single file.
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