Starting next week I am going to post a few videos each week from the League of American Cyclists to get everyone primed and ready by expanding their bicycle safety knowledge.
I have also started up a University of New Mexico team. You do not have to be affiliated with UNM to join. Just send me an email if you would like to join the team. It’s free, but you do have to have a way to log your rides through a smartphone app or GPS device. Just click the link to the challenge on the side bar for more details.
until tomorrow…here are a few Rules of the Road from League.
The League’s Rules of the Road will prepare you for a safe and fun bike ride no matter where you’re going.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.