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Updated 24 June 2013

Safe riding tips

Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride.

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Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride. You should always ?inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly. 

Check Your Equipment: Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.?

Stay Alert at All Times: Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset.

Be Predictable: Ride in a straight line. Signal your moves to others. ?

Control Your Bicycle: Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.

See and Be Seen: Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.?

Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet: Protect your brain, save your life. For more information see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publication ?

 

 
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