Cycling dos and donts

The Dos and Dont & # 39; s of Cycling

Before you hop on your bike and go for a spin, learn the dos and don 't ride safely. The more informed you are about how you can be safe when cycling, the less the chance of getting into an accident. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are out and about on your bike!

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The Dos of Cycling

  • Do stop for stop signs and red lights.
  • Follow traffic laws and traffic signs.
  • Be careful with road conditions and debris. If the road conditions are not good, you may want to consider cycling when the conditions are more pleasant.
  • Drive with the traffic flow (this is usually the right side of the road). Divide the road with cars if necessary, but stay to the right of the lane.
  • Use hand signals to communicate where you intend to go. This will give other cyclists and riders a warning about your intentions.
  • Wear light and wear reflective clothing when cycling at night. Doing so will increase your visibility to others.
  • Give in to other cars and cyclists as you enter roads.
  • Think of cars, trailers and trucks that make big turns! Give them a little extra space.
  • ALWAYS wear a proper helmet. If you are unsure of how your helmet should fit, go to a bike shop where they can find one that suits you. A helmet can save your life in an accident.
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The Don & # 39; ts

  • Do not block traffic when traveling in the same lane as other cyclists.
  • Do not use your phone while cycling. Like driving a car, cycling when you are distracted can cause accidents when you are not focused on the task.
  • NEVER ride a bicycle while intoxicated. Do not ride a bicycle after drinking. Alcohol complicates coordination, assessment and response times. All of these things are important to protect yourself when driving around, especially if you share the road with cars.
  • Do not ride aggressively. Like driving, cycling can become dangerously aggressive. Stay in the designated bike lane, if there is one, and be patient.
  • Do not drive on sidewalks. These are designated areas for pedestrians and they do not expect to have bicycles there. Sidewalks can also be uneven and dangerous riding surfaces.

If you are driving, be careful with cyclists as well. You may find yourself sharing a road with cyclists. If you do, be patient and drive carefully. They have the same rights on the road as other cars. When passing cyclists, give them at least 3 feet of space. Learn more about sharing the road with cyclists here!

If you have road safety issues, talk to an Encharter agent. We are here to help you answer any questions or concerns you may have about your safety! Call us!

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