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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