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Bicycle Safety

 
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.

1. 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.

2. When available, ride on the sidewalk. You must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on the
sidewalk. When riding on the roadway, always ride on the right side of the roadway, with the flow
of traffic.

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

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

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

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

7. Be highly visible. Wear 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 (i.e., pedal reflectors), and consider wearing
reflective material on your body. Lighted lights are the law.

8. ALWAYS look behind you before turning or changing lanes. If you use a mirror, remember to
look back too, since you might miss seeing an overtaking vehicle in your mirror. It is your job to
see that the way is clear before turning or changing lanes.

9. Maintain your bicycle regularly so it is safe and dependable.

10. Carry all cargo on a rack, in bike bags or in panniers. A backpack may also be used for light
loads, but make sure the straps are pulled tight so the bag doesn't flop around while riding. DO
NOT hang packages off the handlebars or carry them in your lap.

11. Choose your route carefully. If possible, choose wider roads with less traffic and slower
speeds. Always choose roads that are within your skill level (training, experience, competence).

12. Give your full attention to traffic and the road surface. Beware of such road hazards as rocks,
potholes, gravel, sewer grates and dogs.

 
 EMERGENCY: CALL 911
 
78 E. Main St., P.O. Box 222, Orwell, OH 44076 | (440) 437-1234 | Dispatch 440-272-9111