Protect Your Head
Go With Flow of Traffic
Stay Alert
Daily ABC's
Beware of Darkness
Protecting Your
Bicycle From Theft
Riding a bicycle is more than basic transportation- - it can be a fun and
exciting hobby.  When you ride, you are not alone.  You share the road with
cars, trucks, pedestrians, and other cyclists.  Since accidents can turn a
bicycling adventure into a tragedy, here are a few tips to help make your ride
a safe one.

Protect Your Head

Wear a helmet.  As of January 1994, those under the age of eighteen are
required by law to wear a helmet.  As of January 1, 1995, those under the
age of eighteen caught riding without a helmet face tickets and possible fines
to their parents.  Studies have shown that using a bicycle helmet can reduce
head injuries by up to 85 percent.  Select a helmet that has a snug but
comfortable fit.

Go With the Flow of Traffic

You must obey the rules of the road.  These include all traffic signals, signs,
and road markings.  Ride on the right side of the street in single file.  Use the
proper hand signals.  Never weave from lane to lane or tailgate to hitch rides
on moving cars or trucks.  For a complete set of rules regarding bicycles and
traffic, visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles.

Be aware of traffic around you.  Seven out of ten car-bicycle crashes occur
at driveways or other intersections.  Before you enter a street or intersection,
check for traffic and always look left-right-left.  Walk your bicycle across busy
streets at corners or crosswalks.

Stay Alert

Keep a look-out for obstacles in your path.  Watch out for pot holes, storm
drain gratings, cracks, railroad tracks, loose gravel, and broken glass. Before
going around any object, look ahead and behind you for a free gap in traffic.
 Plan your move, and then signal your intentions.  Be especially careful in wet
weather, as water can make you slip, and can cause your brakes to work

Daily ABC's

Air in your tires at proper pressure.
Brakes that work properly.
Cables that are all attached properly.

Beware of Darkness

Be cautious when riding at night.  If you have to ride at night, you should
have a front light attached to the bicycle, or to your body, that is visible
from 300 feet to the front and from the sides.  You must have a red rear
reflector. Wear reflective clothing or reflective materials, especially on your
ankles, wrists, back, and helmet.  Ride in areas that are familiar and on streets
that are well lit.

Protecting Your Bicycle From Theft

A bicycle can be stolen from just about any place, but simple precautions can
deter would-be bike thieves.  Remember, most bikes that are stolen were not

Always lock your bicycle securely, whether you are gone for a few minutes or
a few hours.  Use a U-lock, securing both wheels and the frame to a
stationary object such as a post, fence, tree, or a bike rack.  For extra
security, add a chain or cable with a good padlock.  Always park your bike
where it can be easily seen.

Remember, locking the bike to itself by securing the wheels to the frame
doesn't help, because a thief can carry it away and remove the lock later.
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