School is in full swing. Which means more motorists and more traffic. But don’t let that stop you from commuting or your kiddo from commuting. Here’s Alan Ley’s tips for your commute. These are good reminders even for the seasoned cyclist or commuter.
Before Riding Your Bike
- Dress to be seen – Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective gear.
- Turn your lights on – A white light on the front and a red flashing light on the back of your bike catches the eyes of drivers. (I strongly recommend the use of bike lights.)
- Tie and tuck – Tie shoelaces and tuck the hanging ends into your shoe, and tie wide pant legs with a reflective strap or tuck them into socks.
- ABC safety check – Tires have enough air, the brakes and gears work, the chain isn’t loose, and the wheels and bolts are tight.
- Helmet fit – Wear a helmet and be sure it’s properly adjusted and buckled.
- Backpack – Make sure the straps are tight and your pack is high on your shoulders so your backpack doesn’t slip and slide around
While Riding Your Bike
- Look and listen for traffic. Never use a cell phone or wear headphones when riding.
- Watch for vehicles going in and out of driveways.
- Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling.
- Stop before crossing the street, entering a road or turning.
- Obey ALL traffic laws.
- Be predictable. Ride in a straight line. No swerving or zig zag.
Remember Vehicles Always Win – ALWAYS MAKE THE SAFEST DECISION.