July 2017 Steve Kukowski
It’s said once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget. That should include remembering the rules of the road. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration offers these tips:
Wear a bike helmet.
Go with the traffic flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles.
Obey all traffic laws. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals and lane markings.
Yield to traffic. Almost always, drivers on a smaller road must yield to traffic on a larger road. If there is no stop sign or traffic signal, slow down and check whether it’s clear to proceed.
Stay alert. Watch for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. Listen for traffic and avoid dangerous situations.
Look before turning. Always look behind you for a break in traffic, and then signal before making the turn.
Watch for parked cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars, such as doors opening or vehicles pulling out.