8 Rules of the Road to Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones from an Urban Bike AccidentSo while it's tempting to throw caution to the winds and feel free and easy on a bike in the city, here are 8 urban cycling safety tips provided by the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee that could save a life, maybe even your own:
- Ride on the right side of the road. According to NY Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, "Riding on the left side of the road, facing traffic is a common action on the part of the bicyclist that can cause a crash."
- Stop for traffic before turning into a road from a driveway.
- Obey the stop and yield signs at intersections.
- Don't ride on sidewalks.
- Don't weave in and out of the street.
- Use bike lights when cycling at night.
- When making a turn, look for traffic.
- When stopped at an intersection where there are cars, don't try to pass a motorist and get ahead of the car.
Every year one hears tragic stories of a well-intentioned cyclist who left home for a little ride, and never came back. Memorial "ghost bikes" scattered across the city are a sad reminder of what can happen if one takes a wrong turn.
In Brooklyn, with 2.5 million residents, growing hordes of tourists and more and more people on bikes, it's essential to know how to avoid crashes. It's just common sense.