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How to Bike in a Busy City

Biking in a city can be tricky, so here are some quick tips to help you stay safe on your ride.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Study a map Study a map of your city before making your trip to become better acquainted with your surroundings and to map up your route.
  • Step 2: Monitor your bike's condition Keep your bike in good condition and always check vital parts like brakes, the seat adjuster, gears shifters, gears, and the chain before going on your ride.
  • TIP: Always wear a good helmet when biking in the city.
  • Step 3: Follow traffic regulations Follow the traffic rules in a city just as you would in any other vehicle to avoid endangering yourself and others.
  • Step 4: Use hand signals Use hand signals to let other drivers know what you're doing ahead of time. The clearest way to signal a turn is to simply point your arm in the direction you are going to go.
  • TIP: Make eye contact with other drivers at intersections to make sure they see you and your signal.
  • Step 5: Be alert Be alert and look out for things like car doors, pedestrians, other bikers, moving vehicles, and road hazards. Always keep both hands ready to brake.
  • Step 6: Lock your bike Lock your bike once you've reached your destination no matter how long you plan on being away from it.
  • FACT: Bicycle commuters annually save an average of $1,825 in auto-related costs, conserve 145 gallons of gasoline, and avoid 50 hours of gridlock traffic.

You Will Need

  • A map
  • Hand signals
  • A lock
  • A helmet (optional)

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