Riding on the highway
Obey traffic signs and signals. Bicycles must drive like other
vehicles if they are to be taken seriously by motorists.
Never ride with headphones. Never wear a headphone while riding
Use hand signals to tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend
to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection.
Ride in the middle of the lane in slow traffic. Get in the middle
of the lane at busy intersections and whenever you are moving
at the same speed as traffic.
Choose the best way to turn left. Use one of two ways:
- Like an auto: signal, move into the left turn lane and
- Like a pedestrian: ride straight to the far side crosswalk.
Walk your bike across.
Make eye contact with drivers. Assume
that other drivers don't see you until you are sure that
they do. Eye contact
with any driver who might pose a threat to your safety.
Avoid road hazards. Watch out for parallel-slat sewer
grates, gravel, ice, or debris. Cross railroad tracks
Never ride against traffic. Motorists aren't looking
for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road.
law and common sense
require that bicyclists drive like other vehicles.
Don't weave between parked cars. Don't ride out to the
curb between parked cars unless they are far apart. Motorists
may not see
you when you try to move back into traffic.
Follow lane markings. Don't turn
left from the right lane. Don't go straight in a lane marked "right-turn
Don't pass on the right. Motorists may not look for or
see a bicycle passing on the right. Learn to scan the
while riding. Look back over your shoulder without swerving,
or use a rear-view mirror.
Scan the road behind. Learn to look back over your shoulder
without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders
use rear-view mirrors.
Keep both hands ready to brake. You may not stop in time
if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping
in the rain,
since brakes are less efficient when wet.
Dress appropriately. In rain wear a poncho or waterproof
suit. Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature
a sturdy helmet to protect your head. Wear bright colored
clothing, and wear reflective safety clothing when riding