Biking Hints and Etiquette
- The first rule for cycling safety is TO
BE SEEN. Wear bright colors when cycling on roads. Red, yellow,
orange are quite visible.
- Helmets should ALWAYS be worn when cycling.
They should be tipped forward. If tipped backward, the forehead
is exposed and the helmet will catch wind.
- Keep to the RIGHT in traffic, not in the
gutter, as it will be too hard for other traffic to see you.
- Use LEFT arm with finger pointing to signal
LEFT turns. For turns to the RIGHT, use the LEFT arm again, but
with the lower part (from elbow to hand) turned up 90 degrees.
Use these signals liberally!
- Announce out loud when you are overtaking
someone. Pass on the LEFT. This will prevent surprises to those
- When riding with others, ALWAYS announce
when you are stopping.
- Do not ride through a puddle if you can
avoid it. It is not uncommon to find a gaping hole under the
- Wear sunglasses on bright, sunny days.
Squinting into the sun contributes significantly to the sensation
- Do not forget to pump up the tires to the
correct pressure, before each ride. Maintain the proper pressure
at all times.
- Joining a bike club is the best and quickest
way to learn first hand about the sport.