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Category: Safety

Common Hazards: Dooring

Posted on June 10, 2011 in Safety

Cyclists in large cities become aware of this one sooner or later. “Dooring” is what happens when a motorist or passenger opens a car door into the path of a bicyclist. A dooring can be relatively minor—resulting in nothing more than scrapes, bruises and rattled nerves—or it can result in death. While a cyclist can…

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How to Make a Left Turn

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

There are two proper methods for making a left turn on a bicycle: 1. Using Traffic Lanes As you approach the intersection, look over your left shoulder for traffic. If clear, signal your turn and move over to the left side of the lane, or into the left or center turn lane. Position yourself so…

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When to Take the Traffic Lane

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

This is another question I am often asked. If there is no shoulder or bicycle lane and the traffic lane is narrow, ride closer to the center of the lane. This will prevent motorists from passing you when there is not enough room. You should also use the traffic lane when you are traveling at…

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“How Far to the Right?”

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

This is by far the question I am most frequently asked when giving presentations to cyclists. Ride on the right, but not so far that you might hit the curb. You could lose your balance and fall into traffic. Do not ride too far to the right: – When avoiding parked vehicles or road hazards….

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Four Ways to Stay Safe: #4 Ride With Traffic

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

Ride With Traffic Ride in the same direction as the traffic. This will make you more visible to drivers entering roads or changing lanes because they will know where to look for possible conflicts. On a one-way street, you may ride on the left as long as you are riding with traffic.

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Four Ways to Stay Safe: #3 Be Visible and Alert

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

Be Visible and Alert Even if you obey all traffic laws, there is always a risk of being hit by a motorist who is not obeying the laws, or who simply does not see you. Ride carefully—Vehicles waiting at stop signs, in driveways, or parking spaces may suddenly pull out in front of you. Watch…

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Safety Tip: Hazards

Posted on May 30, 2011 in Safety

Keep your eyes on the road ahead. Avoid running over potholes, gravel, broken glass, drainage grates, puddles you can’t see through, or other unsafe road conditions. Look over your shoulder to avoid swerving suddenly into traffic. When possible, signal before changing lanes.

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