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8 Safety Tips for Biking on the Road

Created: 12/14/2016
Last Updated: 12/14/2016

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by Stephen Yost

Cycling can be a great, healthy way to get around, but there are some important tips you need to follow to stay safe. By following the tips outlined on this infographic, you can safely share the road with motorists.

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Courtesy of: RoadBikeHub

1. Follow the law.
Just as cars are less likely to get in accidents when drivers follow the rules of the road, bikers also will be safer when they abide by traffic laws. Bikers must follow the same rules that drivers must follow, such as stopping at stops signs and red lights. If your actions are predictable, you're less likely to get hit.

2. Be predictable.
When you're unpredictable, drivers must react quickly to what you do and may hit you. Be predictable by signaling for turns and cycling in the proper lane. Do not suddenly change lanes, make turns or stop unexpectedly. Use hand signals to indicate your actions.

3. Be conspicuous.
Make sure you are visible to drivers. Always wear brightly colored, reflective clothing. At night, avoid dark clothing, use lights on your bike or helmet and wear reflective strips on your clothing.

4. Think ahead.
Know your route ahead of time so you know what lane you should be in and where you need to turn or stop. Know what major roads and side roads you will be using and whether they have bike lanes. This will keep you from making sudden decisions that could lead you to an accident.

5. Ride ready.
Learn about cycling on the road and how it differs from cycling elsewhere. Training yourself and knowing the important safety steps means you will be prepared and won't have to make quick decisions on the road.

6. Check vehicles.
Always be aware of where surrounding vehicles are and what they are doing. Check for oncoming vehicles before turning, changing lanes or going through an intersection.

7. Know the highway code.
Like following the law, knowing the informal codes of conduct on the roads where you're cycling will help you share the road with motorists. It helps you anticipate what drives may do—and helps them know what you may do.

8. Gear up for safety.
Always wear the proper safety gear when cycling on the road. Some of this gear, like reflective strips and lights on your bike, will make you visible to motorists so you don't get hit. Other safety gear, such as a helmet, will protect you in case of an accident.

Stephen Yost is a passionate biker and founder of RoadBikeHub.com.