Bicyclists are automatically at a disadvantage on the roadways because they are smaller, quieter and harder to see. When you ride your bike, safety should be paramount for you to protect yourself from potential injuries.
Every bicyclist should understand the fundamental elements of bicyclist safety and the duty of care that applies.
Signaling your intention
As a bicyclist, drivers on the road have no way to predict your movements. You have no directionals, brake lights or visible indicators for the bicycle. Know the hand signals and use them every time you take your bicycle out.
Respecting street signs
Stop signs, traffic lights and yield signs apply to bicycle traffic as much as automotive traffic. Recognize and heed those signs anywhere you ride your bicycle.
Maintaining your bicycle
Keeping your reflectors, brakes, chains and handlebars in good condition. Check all of the bolts regularly and take care of your bike after every ride. This keeps the bicycle stable and in good shape for your own safety.
Riding with a clear head
Just as you cannot operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you can face legal ramifications for riding a bicycle while intoxicated. Not only that, but you face a greater risk of injury on a bicycle if you have been drinking.
Safety should be your top priority any time you get on your bicycle. Keep these tips in mind and review the road rules for bicyclists regularly. That way, you have proof of due care if you are ever in an accident.