Since this is a speciality of mine, they wanted me to write this blog for Planet Cyclery. Cycling is a great way to get around town, but it’s important to follow some basic guidelines to be safe and respectful while riding. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or just starting out, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to cycling etiquette and safety.

First thing is that a helmet is an absolute must. It’s important to protect that brain of yours. Additionally, wearing bright or reflective clothing makes you more visible to drivers, especially in low-light conditions. Make sure your bike is also equipped with a front and rear light, otherwise cars are not going to see you on cloudy days or at night. Plus, if you’ve ever tried biking home at night without a front light, you know how tricky that can be.

When you’re cycling on the road, it’s important to follow the same rules as other vehicles. You’re basically a car. This means obeying traffic signals, stopping at stop signs and red lights, and using hand signals to indicate when you’re turning or changing lanes. It’s also important to stay to the right side of the road and ride in the same direction as traffic. If you need to ride on a sidewalk, give pedestrians space. You’re moving much faster than them.

When cycling in a group, it’s important to ride single file and avoid taking up the entire lane. This allows other vehicles to pass safely and reduces the risk of collisions. Additionally, it’s important to communicate with your fellow cyclists using words or hand signals to indicate turns, stops, or hazards in the road.

Another important aspect of cycling etiquette is being aware of your surroundings. This means keeping an eye out for pedestrians, other cyclists, and vehicles, as well as being aware of your own speed and positioning on the road. Always be alert and focused when cycling, and avoid distractions like headphones or texting while riding. But if cycling without music sounds ridiculous to you, ride with one ear bud in and the other out, so you can hear traffic and sirens.

In summary, cycling etiquette and rules of the road are important for staying safe and courteous while cycling. Remember to wear the right gear, obey traffic signals, and communicate with other cyclists and drivers. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable cycling experience on the road. Happy cycling!

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