Bike Safety Tips
Here are some helpful tips for new and experienced riders. While there are a few exceptions, riding a bike on the streets requires focus and common sense. Pay attention and be safe!
- Wear a helmet. Many serious bike injuries can be prevented by just protecting your head.
- Drink a lot of water. You will be more alert if you are well-hydrated.
- Ride with traffic and use bike lanes when available. Don’t be a salmon swimming upstream! This is particularly dangerous on one-way streets, because many drivers only look to one direction when pulling out on a one-way street.
- Make sure your bike is properly lit when riding at night.
- Follow traffic laws, and pay attention.
- Use hand signals to indicate your direction.
- Check your bike before every ride, make sure things are tight, and working properly:
- tires & wheels (inflation, nuts and quick-release)
- brakes (pads, cable wear)
- handle bars & seat stem (ensure they are tight)
- chains and gears
- Don’t run traffic lights, or stop signs. Not only can you be struck by a motorist, but keep in mind that you can and probably will be ticketed.
- Don’t pass cars. Especially on the right, where a car can easily turn into you when making a last-second right turn.
- Don’t ride on the sidewalk. While it is not illegal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk in Florida, it can be dangerous at high speeds; a car approaching an intersection is likely to pull right in front of you.