Are you being safe on the road?
Do you know the rules of the road? Yes, there are rules for cyclists.
I have seen plenty of people blowing red lights, stop signs, and nearly taking out pedestrians.
And whether or not you agree with the rules, they are there to protect everyone and ultimately make sure you get home to see you family in one piece and help you if you get creamed or doored(personal experience…both suck).
“According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute there are 73 to 85 million bicycle riders in the United States. 770 bicyclists died on U.S. roads in 2006 and over 90 percent died in crashes with motor vehicles. It is estimated more than 51,000 people are injured every year due to bicycle accidents…”
So I think a review of the rules everyonce in a while is a good thing.
Here is a good list of Commandments for City Riding…
1. Treat every taxi as though its doors are already open.
Good advice, and the inspiration for this list. You never know when someone will want to get out of a cab, the best thing to do is stay outside of their reach.
2. If it’s nighttime and you don’t have lights, don’t bother riding.
White in the front, red in the back, required by law
. Without them, you’re an invisible obstacle.
3. Know about the “right hook,” and anticipate it.
If you’re approaching an intersection, driveway, or empty parking space, get used to checking behind you for cars turning right—they won’t always check for you.
4. Expect the “left cross,” and learn to look for the signs.
When you’re waiting at a red light, sometimes you can just tell the driver waiting across the intersection is going to try to turn left without waiting for you to cross. Plan for their recklessness and you can avoid a crash.
5. Build a sense of the door zone and its location as you ride, stay clear of it at all costs.
Hugging parked cars to avoid passing cars is a trap; you’re much more likely to be doored than hit from behind.
6. Practice starting from a foot-down standstill until you can do so without wobbling.
, confident start is an important skill to have in your city biking arsenal. It will help you get off the line safely, and ahead of traffic.
7. If a vehicle weighs over 5 tons (trucks, busses, etc.), it probably cannot see you.
Even with lots of mirrors, they’re essentially driving blind out there. You should always give these vehicles a wide berth. The same goes for anything with a trailer.
8. Plug your handlebar ends.
9. Stop at all red lights, pause at all stop signs, and yield for pedestrians in crosswalks.
10. If you’re in a crash, always get the driver’s information.
The license plate at the very least, but also name, insurance co., and contact info. The same goes for witnesses—don’t rely on the police to record their contact info.
I got these while looking at bike safe Boston, a really good blog with lots of information…here is the link
Here is also a great guide from a New York law firm…
Take the time to review these and be safe…
Have fun, ride safe