Learn common bike safety rules of the road with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Whether you’re riding for recreation or for a mode of transportation, following bike safety rules is a must for any bicyclist. While bike laws vary from state to state, there are some general rules of the road that every bicyclist should follow. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to teach you the rules of the road.
1. Follow state bike laws – Before you start riding on the road, learn your state’s bike laws. The League of American Bicyclists has a handy guide that lists bike laws by state. The bike laws are meant to keep you and other people on the road safe. You have to remember that when you’re on the road, you need to follow traffic signals and stop signs just like any other driver. Always ride with traffic in the rightmost lane or the designated bike lane.
2. Be visible – Staying visible on the road is crucial for your safety. Wear bright clothing, and reflective gear if you’re riding at night. Make sure your bike is equipped with a white headlight and a red taillight. It’s also a good idea to put reflectors on your bike to make it even more visible.
3. Be conscientious of drivers and other bicyclists – Since you’re sharing the road–and/or bike lane–with other bicyclists and drivers, you should be predictable in your riding. Don’t swerve in and out of cars and ride in a straight line when possible. Use bike hand signals so other drivers know where you’re headed. Also remember to check behind you when you’re changing lanes, just like you would with a vehicle. Finally, pay attention to the road. Keep an eye out for potholes, railroad tracks, and other road hazards.
4. Be prepared – Being prepared for the road is an important part of bike safety. Give your bike a DIY tune-up to keep it in good working order. Carry tools with you in case you need to repair a flat bike tire or have another bike emergency. Before you ride, do a bike helmet safety check to make sure your helmet is fitted properly.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that riding your bike has some great benefits–exercise, family fun, reducing your carbon footprint and more. That’s why we carry bikes and bike accessories for the whole family. For more tips on riding bikes and great bike trails, visit our Bikes & Biking blog.