Some simple rules of the road can help keep bicyclists safe when they venture out for a two-wheel excursion. Following are some tips courtesy of Buffalo attorney John Feroleto:
1.) Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Protect your brain, save your life.
2.) See and be seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
3.) Control your bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
4.) Watch for and avoid road hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves and dogs. All can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.
5.) Go with the traffic flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow, not against it.
6.) Be predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.
7.) Look before turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic. Watch for vehicles coming out of or turning into driveways. Make sure the drivers see you before crossing.
8.) Watch for parked cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening or cars pulling out).
9.) Stay alert at all times. Use your eyes AND ears. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.
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