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Bike Safety « PedalHouston

Simple Rules to follow when you’re out on the mountain bike trails.  Respect fellow riders and pedestrians on the trails!

Trail  Rules Poster
from GHORBA.org‘s Beginner Info

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on safely driving, fitting and maintaining a bicycle.

  1. Stop at Signs and Lights
    Yes, you have to stop at traffic lights and wait your turn at stop signs too. The general rule of thumb here is this: pay attention, be considerate, and think! As a vehicle, you are responsible for following all the rules of the road.
  2. Signal
    Let other drivers (and hopefully riders) know where you’re going! It is generally accepted to signal with your left arm. To make a left turn, point to the left. To make a right turn, it is in many states acceptable to do the same with your right arm (and often more understandable to less observant drivers), but legal in all states to raise your left hand with your elbow at a right angle. After you’re done signaling, make sure you look to make sure your signal has been seen, especially when turning across another lane of traffic.
  3. Cycling Hand Signals
    Cycling Hand Signals

  4. Stay in the Road (And Off the Sidewalk)
    For many, this is counter intuitive. However, you reduce your chances of being in an accident greatly by riding in the street. Why? Visibility. One of the keys to staying safe on the road is to be visible and predictable. Think about it: cyclists move much faster than pedestrians, which means that you can enter a driver’s field of vision faster. This makes it much harder for them to see you if you are on the sidewalk. In the road, you’re right in their face.
  5. Avoid Riding into the Sun
    Riding into the sunset or sunrise reduces your visibility greatly, increasing your chances of getting hit.
  6. Use Lights at Night
    Reflectors are just not enough! If you are riding at night, use a light for both front AND rear. They’ll be worth every penny. Also wear bright clothing, as anything to help your visibility is a plus.
  7. Be Prepared
    Tires can go flat with no notice of all. Be prepared for emergency maintenance. Carry a basic toolkit, spare tires or patches. And know how to use them!

Safety Guidelines For Drivers
Pay Attention and Be Considerate!

– diycycling.com

More tips to come!