Staying safe on your bike

Make sure you stay upright and scab free.

ACTIVITY

Bikes are a great way to get around: stylish, good for your health and good for the environment. More and more people these days are jumping on their bikes so knowing how to stay upright and scab free is pretty important.

Some tips for safe riding: 

  • Wear a helmet. It doesn’t have to be an orange stack hat. Make sure it is properly fitted and done up snugly and that it is an approved bicycle helmet.
  • Be seen:
    • During the day wear bright clothing and at night wear light colours or even reflective clothing.
    • Use a white front light and a red rear light. Choose ones with large or even multiple globes. Make sure you stand out amongst the cars. It’s a far better thing for you if they can see you.
  • Make sure you know the rules of the road. Obey traffic lights, stop signs and give way signs - they apply to cyclists as well as drivers.
  • Keep an eye out for people opening car doors in front of you. This could hurt.
  • Be wary at intersections - never assume a driver has seen you.
  • Stay to the left, but remain at least a metre away from the kerb and parked cars.
  • Try to ride in a predictable, straight line.
  • Give hand signals when turning right or left.
  • Try to plan your route through quieter streets, or streets that have either bicycle lanes or shared paths.
  • Stay in control: 
    • Riding with both hands off the handlebars might seem controlled but you could be in for a faceplant.
    • Don't drink and ride.
  • Bikes aren’t cheap. Lock up your bike when you leave it.  

 

More information:

http://www.safecyclingaustralia.org

http://bikesafe.com.au

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/bicycles/index.html

http://www.sa.gov.au/subject/Transport%2C+travel+and+motoring/Cycling/Cyclist+road+rules+and+safety


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