Bicycle Safety Tips
Following these simple steps will help you be safe on the road and riding for years to come.
1. Read The Owner's Manual Carefully
Read the owner’s manual carefully and heed the warnings stated in the manual and on the bicycle. Be sure that the bicycle is the right size and adjusted for the rider.
2. Check Your Ride Before Each and Every Ride
Visually inspect your bike to ensure tires are properly inflated, the brakes are in good working order, and the bicycle itself is in good condition. Please see the Owner’s Manual for our complete “Before You Ride Checklist."
3. Never forget Your Helmet
A helmet can save your life, so never ride without one. Make sure it is specifically designed for bicycling and meets Snell or CPSC standards.
4. Perform a Helmet Check
It’s important that your helmet fit properly, too. The strap should buckle below your chin with no more than two fingers between your chin and the strap. The helmet brim should also be level with your brow with no more than a two-finger gap. Lastly, shake your head. The helmet should not move.
5. Dress Appropriately
Be seen on the road by wearing light or bright colors on your clothing or helmet. Avoid loose-fitting clothing that could get caught in wheel spokes. Always wear shoes.
6. Obey Local Traffic Laws
Your bike is considered a vehicle, which means you have the same right to the road as a car. It also means you must obey traffic laws just like a car. So, obey stop signs and stop lights, signal when making a turn and yield the right-of-way. But remember, sidewalk bicycles for small children should never be ridden in the street.
7. Ride Defensively
Don’t do anything that might surprise the driver of a car such as swerving, weaving in and out of traffic, or running stop lights and stop signs. Watch for cars pulling out and always scan the road behind you.
8. Be Alert
Be on the lookout for vehicles turning right, particularly at intersections, as motorists may not see you.
9. Use Hand Signals
Hand signals tell others sharing the road what you intend to do. Use proper hand signals to indicate turning or braking.
10. Watch Out For Pedestrians
Remember, pedestrians have the right of way. Steer clear of driveways, sidewalks or other paths shared by walkers or joggers. Use the street, bike lane or bike path. Also, let pedestrians know you are near by ringing your bike bell or calling out.
11. And Remember, Have Fun!
While it is important to practice safe riding at all times, it’s also important to remember why you’re riding in the first place. Have fun, be active and enjoy the outdoors – safely and responsibly.