Roadway Safety Tips
Ten Safety Tips to Consider For:
- Be Aware of the Traffic Around You - 1% of the roadway fatalities in Massachusetts are bicycle riders. Use your eyes and ears; mirrors are also helpful.
- Follow the Rules of the Road - Bicycles are vehicles, too!
- Ride in the Travel Lane or to the Right Never between lanes. Splitting lanes is dangerous because cars don't expect anyone to be there.
- Stop at All Red Lights and Stop Signs These are not optional for bicyclists.
- Use Hand Signals to Signal Turns, Lane Changes, and Stopping Letting other drivers know your intentions helps keep you safe.
- Ride in the Same Direction as Other Traffic Never ride against traffic; it is illegal and dangerous (closing speed is increased, motorists are not expecting you, and you cannot see signs and traffic signals).
- Use Lights and Reflectors at Night It's the law. Bright clothing helps, too.
- Be Predictable Hold your line and ride straight. Don't weave in and out of parking spaces, driveways, or intersections. Predictable riding is safe riding.
- Stay Out of the Door Zone Bicyclists are entitled to full use of an entire travel lane (even in the presence of bike lanes), so stay away from parked cars.
- Wear a Helmet It's the law for kids 16 years old and younger, and a good idea for everyone else.