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Best Practices for Safe Cycling

Safe biking is the best biking!  The Bike Cave has resources to help you be safe and prepared on the road.  

We suggest that everyone learn the "5 Rules of the Road"

  1. Follow the Law
  2. Be Predictable
  3. Be Conspicuous
  4. Think Ahead
  5. Ride Ready

Below are some of the things you can do to be safe and have a great ride.

Be aware

Constantly scan your surroundings including what is going on behind you.

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Don’t ride with headphones

Would you ride with your eyes closed? Cutting off any of your senses is dangerous. You need to give yourself every advantage when riding with car traffic or other bicycles.

Be careful in wet weather

Be careful in wet weather

Bicycles stop differently in wet weather. Some take longer to slow the wheel. Others may lock the wheel, causing a skid or loss of control. Try your brakes in a safe area before heading out in wet weather.

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Ride with the flow of traffic

Bicycles are legally obligated to ride with the flow of traffic just like a car. Not only is riding against traffic dangerous it is illegal.

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Abide by traffic signs

Stops signs and red lights apply just as much to cyclists as cars.

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Use lights to ride at night

Bikes need to be ridden with lights at night to be legal and safe. Don’t leave home without them. The purpose of lights is to see and be seen.