Riding a bicycle is fun and a great alternative to car travel. Traveling to work by bike saves money, cuts down on air pollution, and provides exercise. The best way to avoid accidents while biking is to obey traffic laws, be constantly alert to your surroundings, wear a helmet and use lights at night.
Obey Traffic Laws
Bicyclists must adhere to the same traffic laws as vehicles. Stop at lights and stop signs and signal before turning.
Go With the Flow of Traffic
Always ride your bike with the flow of traffic, not against it. Travel in single file on the right side of the road.
Keep alert to changes in your surroundings. Keep an eye out for any potholes, railroad tracks or garbage that could make you fall. Watch out for any situations that can make it difficult for cars to see you such as sunlight, rain and fog or sharp turns in the roads.
Always Wear a Helmet
Always ride your bicycle with a helmet. Bicycle helmets can decrease the chance of a head injury.
Use Bike Lights at Night
At minimum, use a front and rear bicycle light when traveling at night. For added visibility, mount a light to your helmet, backpack or bike frame and wear reflective clothing.