Cycling “Rules of the Road”

Peter Wakefield the "Bike Dude"

Peter Wakefield the “Bike Dude”

The League of American Bicyclist’s five “Rules of the Road” are the core of the  Smart Cycling program and will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding.

Follow the Law

Your safety and image of  bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as  drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the  rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

Be Predictable

Make  your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line  and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you  well before turning or changing lanes.

Be Conspicuous

Ride  where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white  light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye  contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.

Think Ahead

Anticipate  what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next.  Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked  cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross  railroad tracks at right angles.

Ride Ready

Check  that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs  smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies  that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.

For more information on the League of American Bicyclists, click here.

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