Bicycle Safety

Ten Commandments of Bicycling

(Adapted from the League of American Bicyclists)

  1. Wear a properly fitted helmet every time you ride.
  2. Conduct an "ABC Quick Check" of the bicycle's mechanical road-worthiness before every ride. A is for Air, check that the tires are properly inflated to the recommended pressure on the sidewall and their condition. B is for Brakes, check the proper functioning of the front and rear brakes. C is for Crank set, check the crank arms and bottom bracket for secure adjustments. Quick is for Quick Releases, make certain that releases of wheels, brakes and seat posts are engaged and secure. Check is for a brief ride around the parking lot to confirm that the derailleurs and shifters are working properly.
  3. Obey traffic laws. Ride on the right, slowest traffic farthest to the right. Most car/bicycle crashes occur at intersections where at least one vehicle is being operated unlawfully. Remember to ride defensibly, in a crash with a car, the bicyclist loses!
  4. Ride predictably and be visible at all times. Don't ride at night without lights and reflectors. The bicycle, as a recognized vehicle, must follow traffic laws. In Wyoming, a vehicle driven at night must have a white light in the front and a red rear reflector.
  5. Drive the bicycle in the proper lane and, when approaching an intersection, select the right-most lane that leads to your destination.
  6. Scan for overtaking traffic and signal lane changes and turns, when necessary to communicate with other drivers.
  7. Be prepared for mechanical emergencies by carrying and knowing how to use essential repair tools as well as having personal identification with you on rides.
  8. Maintain control of your bicycle at all times by developing and practicing good bicycle handling skills.
  9. Drink before you are thirsty and eat before you are hungry in order to keep your human engine comfortably fueled throughout the ride.
  10. Have fun!

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