Safety first. And second. And third. Yes, it’s that important.
Safety is a top concern for cyclists out on the streets with cars. While it is often the drivers’ action that you may worry about, there are a number of steps that cyclists can take to improve safety when on the road.
- Protect your noggin. Wear your helmet, always.
- Be visible. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing and use both front and rear lights from dusk to dawn.
- Ride defensively.
- Yield to pedestrians.
- Be predictable. Use hand signals for turning and follow the rules of the road.
- Follow safe cycling practices:
- Bicycle Laws in North Carolina (from NC Department of Transportation)
- Rules of the Road (from League of American Bicyclists)
- Traffic Negotiation Principles (from North Carolina Coalition for Bicycle Driving)
- How Not To Get Hit By Cars (from bicyclesafe.com)
- Ten Tips for Safe Riding (from About.com)
- Bike Safety for Kids (from International Bicycle Fund)
- The Ultimate Bike Safety Guide (from Trip Buzz)