Bike Smart Videos

 

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The League of American Bicyclists educational programs are “designed to reach people of all ages and abilities, improving skills, building confidence, and teaching others.”

Below are a few of their videos that we use during our adventure-based bike safety program, The Bike Mas Project.

STEPS TO STARTING YOUR BIKE AKA “POWER START”

  • Stand ahead of the seat
  • Place one pedal in an upright position
  • Push the pedal down and ease yourself onto the seat
  •  Place the other foot on the opposite pedal

STEPS TO STOPPING YOUR BIKE

  • Stop pedaling
  • Shift your weight to the pedal that is in the down position
  • Squeeze both brakes equally
  • Slide off the seat
  • Place one food on the ground

Communicating your intentions not only makes your ride safer, but it is also required by law in the United States.

Left Turn: Fully extend your left arm out to the side
Right Turn: Fully extend your right arm out to the side or bend your left arm up at a right angle with your hand flat.
Slowing or Stopping: Extend your left arm out at a right angle with your hand open


An easy way to make sure your bike is in good working order is to do an ABC Quick Check.

Air: Be sure you have enough air in your tires
Brakes: Look to see that your brake pads are not worn
Chain and Cranks: Pull on your cranks to see that they are not loose and look to see that the chain is not rusted and it is free of gunk
Quick Release: Make sure all quick releases are closed
Check: Take a slow brief ride to check that your bike is working properly


The fact is, a lot of crashes happen when someone on a bike is using the sidewalk. When you are riding on the sidewalk, you also have to deal with many hazards: pedestrians, street furniture, signs, newspaper boxes, etc… These items don’t just make riding inconvenient; they also can make you invisible to drivers.


Since the path can be congested it’s important to follow the same rules as everyone else in order to have a safe and enjoyable time.

•    Be courteous
•    Know the rules of the trail you are using
•    Give a clear signal when passing
•    Be cautious and yield to crossing traffic
•    Always be predictable by riding in a straight line
•    If you are riding while it is dark, be sure to use lights
•    Only use half the width of the trail
•    Keep it clean


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