Bicycle safety and etiquette are important in order to be thoroughly aware of your surroundings, especially in a busy city like Los Angeles. Here are a few tips to remember as we kick off the New Year!
- Obey all traffic signals and signs
Bicycles are considered vehicles on the road and obeying traffic signals and signs make others aware of what your actions.
- Ride with the flow of traffic
Never ride against traffic! It is AGAINST the law. It can be dangerous and cause potentially serious accidents, as motorist are not looking for oncoming bicyclist.
- Never weave
DO NOT WEAVE in and out of traffic as you become unpredictable and less visible.
- Use lights and reflectors
When riding at night, in the rain, or at dusk, remember to have working lights and reflectors on your bike to increase your visibility.
- Respect motorists
To be respected on the road, bicyclist must respect motorists as well. Make sure to make eye contact when possible and honor the right-of-way.
- Choose the safest left turn option
As a bicyclist, there are two ways to make a left, vehicular style or pedestrian style. It may not be safe to move across traffic to make a left hand turn (vehicular style); in that case walk your bike across the street using the nearest crosswalk (pedestrian style).
- Use two hands
Ride with two hands on your bike at ALL times. Riding with one or no hands is unsafe and makes it difficult to stop quickly in the case of an emergency.
- Be patient
Use patience when riding your bike, especially in heavy traffic. Don’t run red lights, weave through traffic or ride recklessly.
- Be Aware
Be aware of your surroundings and practice defensive bicycling. If you do not use bike mirrors, make sure you have ample visibility over your shoulder. Leave your headphones in your backpack as they can lead to fatal accidents.