It's not just bicycle weather—it's National Bike Month
May 12, 2018—If you haven't tried two-wheeling it to work before, this is a good month to try. And Friday would be a great day to start.
May is National Bike Month, and Friday, May 18, is Bike to Work Day. It's likely there will be at least a few more bicycles pedaling down the road that day, so you'll be in good company. And you can feel satisfied that you've made a healthy choice that could also save you cash, in the form of gasoline or bus fare.
Of course, you want to make sure you're safe while riding your two-wheeler. You may be sharing the road with other vehicles, but in a crash with a car you're more exposed to injury. So ride defensively—and brush up on these safety tips before you head out:
- Obey the same traffic signs, signals and lane markings as you would in a motorized vehicle.
- Make eye contact with drivers, especially at intersections and crossings.
- Watch out for hazards like potholes, broken glass, leaf piles and dogs.
- Ride in the same direction as other vehicles going your way. Don't go against the flow of traffic.
- Ride in a straight line, not between cars.
- Make your intentions known by using hand signals.
- Watch for parked cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid a suddenly opened car door.
- Use bike lanes or paths when possible. But don't ride on the sidewalk. It increases your risk for crashes with pedestrians or with vehicles at driveways and intersections.
Are you cycle-ready? This infographic can help ensure you have the necessary equipment for a safe ride.