Octagon Cycling Club Rules of The Road

 

Bicycle safety on the road is your responsibility.

 As a bicyclist you have the same rights and responsibilities as other road users.

Be predictable, be alert, and be responsible.

 

  • Ride predictably, just as you would if you were operating a motor vehicle. Blending in with the normal traffic flow is the safest way to ride.

 

  • Always ride on the right side of the roadway, with the flow of traffic. Riding on the left significantly increases your chances for being involved in a crash, especially at intersections, where motorists won’t expect you to be. .

 

  • Obey all traffic signs, signals, and other traffic control devices.

 

  • Always yield to overtaking traffic, and then signal before turning or changing lanes.

 

  • Ride single file, unless the law and traffic conditions allow you to ride two abreast.

 

  • Yield to other vehicles and pedestrians when traffic law requires you to do so.

 

  • Communicate your intention to turn, stop, and change lanes using recognized hand signals. Keep your head up and look ahead, not at the ground. You need to see what is coming up so you have time to react and maneuver.

 

  • Remain highly visible by wearing light, bright-colored clothing in daylight. At dusk and when it’s dark, be sure to use a bright white headlight and a red rear reflector. To make yourself even more visible at night, use additional reflectors on your bicycle and consider wearing reflective material on your body.

 

  • Always look behind you before turning or changing lanes. If you use a mirror, remember to look back, too, so you don’t miss seeing an overtaking vehicle in your mirror. It is your job to see that the way is clear before turning or changing lanes. Before entering a roadway: Stop. Look left. Look right. Look left.

 

  • Maintain your bicycle regularly so it is safe and dependable. Keep chains clean and lubricated and periodically inspect brake pads.

 

  • Choose your route carefully, using a bike map if available. If possible, choose wider roads with less traffic and slower speeds. Always chose roads that are within your skill level (training, experience, competence). Try to avoid busy roads and peak traffic times.

 

  • Give your full attention to traffic and the road surface. Beware of such road hazards as rocks, potholes, gravel, and dogs. Do not wear headphones while riding. Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling, and keep both feet on the pedals.

 

  • WEAR A HELMET. All of the above safety will help to prevent a crash or fall. A helmet and gloves will protect you in the event that a crash or a fall cannot be avoided.

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