Posted February 13, 2018 13:50:48 If you’re riding in the city, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of cyclists don’t take the time to get on their bikes properly.
Bike lanes, traffic lights, parking lots, and parking meters are a common cause of cycling accidents.
But you can also do a few things to make your bike safer.
Here are a few tips to keep your bike safe:Avoid parking lots and bike racksThe safest way to keep cyclists off your bike?
Don’t park on the side of the road.
If you can, use a bike rack.
If not, don’t park at a designated space.
If your bike isn’t marked as such, you can always park on a street with an adequate number of bikes.
If you’re on the road and can’t see other people, avoid the bike lane.
There are some rules that apply to the bike lanes on a busy street: you can’t ride on a bike lane where cars are passing and you can only ride on the right-hand side of a bike path or lane.
You can’t use a marked bike lane on a narrow, unpaved street.
When you can park on your side of road, make sure you’re looking directly at other cyclists and don’t ride too close to them.
If they’re riding on the bike path, make them turn off their lights or turn off the bike lights.
When it’s safe to ride: Use a bike parking lotIf you can get to a bike lot, you’re much safer.
Bikes are marked by a blue light that indicates the location of the bike lot and you’re encouraged to park within a few feet of the curb.
If there’s a lot, make it clear to other cyclists that you have permission to ride there.
If your bike doesn’t have a bike stall, it’s also a safe place to park if you don’t want to wait for the street to clear.
You can park a car on the curb and walk to the curb, too.
You don’t have to wait in line for a spot, either.
You could park your bike at a garage, a parking lot, or at a park.
When the road is narrow and busy, cyclists need to be aware of people’s intentions.
If someone tries to pull you over, for example, you should tell them that you’re going to cross the street and move faster.
Be prepared to ride the bikeThere are a number of rules for riding on bike lanes:You must wear a helmet, if you’re cycling on the sidewalk, the sidewalk or in a bike-only zone.
If a lane is open, cyclists are allowed to cross at a safe distance.
If the lane is closed, cyclists must ride in the designated space and they must not move into a marked space.
You may also need to wear a bike bell or a reflective vest.
If a bike is a hazard, cyclists can use the sidewalk to cross.
You have to wear your helmetThe law in most cities requires all cyclists to wear helmets.
If an intersection or bike lane has a bike advisory sign, cyclists have the option of riding on that lane and using a bicycle bell.
You’re also required to wear an approved reflective vest if the intersection is a designated bike lane, but not on the street.
A cyclist has the right of wayWhen you’re turning onto or exiting a bikeway, cyclists generally have the right to proceed.
If two cyclists share the same lane, you may have the ability to cross into the other lane and turn left.
If one cyclist is in the middle of the lane, a cyclist may use the other lanes for a safe turn.
If no other cyclists are in the lane and you don, you must use the left lane.
If traffic is moving slowly, turn left, if traffic is going faster, turn right.
You don’t need to wait to cross a streetIf you need to cross to cross another road, be sure to slow down, and give other cyclists time to pass.
If another cyclist stops in the same spot, they have the opportunity to turn left or right.
If the lane isn’t wide enough to accommodate a bike, there are traffic lights that are located on both sides of the street or lane and indicate when to turn right or left.
Motorists need to give cyclists the rightOf course, if a bike doesn�t have a bell, you shouldn’t ride into oncoming traffic, and you shouldn�t pass another cyclist on the way.
If something doesn�ve happened and you need the bike, give it to the cyclist and get off the road, if possible.
If it�s too dangerous to wait, you�ll need to use the street at the curb or park near the curb so other drivers don�t get the wrong idea.
Be careful not to cut off trafficThe road should be wide