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Safe Cycling Best Practices

1. Ride in bike lanes when available.

  • If clear, move into the road when the bike lane contains hazards.
  • If clear, move into the road to pass another bike.
  • Ride two abreast if desired when bike lane width permits.

2. Ride as far to the right on roads as practicable in the lane that is in your desired direction of travel.

  • For example, if right lane becomes a turn lane and you wish to go straight, then you should be at the right edge of the through lane.
  • Ride on a road's shoulder when adequately wide and safe.
  • Ride two abreast if desired when the shoulder width permits.
  • If clear, move left as required to avoid hazards.
  • If clear, move left to pass another vehicle/bicycle. Never overtake on the right.
  • Avoid riding in the door zone when parked cars are present.
  • Control the lane when it would be dangerous to be passed.
  • Control the lane to make a left turn.
  • Move left to avoid a right turn conflict—create a diverging not crossing condition.
  • Control the lane as desired if you are moving at the normal speed of traffic.
  • Ride two abreast if desired on roads with light or intermittent traffic.

3. Obey traffic laws—Bicycles are legal vehicles.

  • Ride with traffic, to the right side of the road if practicable. Always stop at red lights.
  • Always honor all right-of-ways at intersections—vehicles, bicycles and people.

4. Call out approaching vehicles: "Car Up", "Car Back”.

  • Move right as practicable to permit vehicles to pass.
  • If riding two abreast, move into single file to permit vehicles to pass: the left/inside rider accelerates and right/outside rider slows slightly to create a space on the right side of the road for the inside left rider.

5. Use hand signals and call out turns, stops, and hazards.

  • Hand down and call out "Slowing" or “Stopping".
  • Point left or right and call out “Turning".
  • Point to obstacles in the road and call out "Glass," "Hole," "Bump," etc.
  • Repeat signals you receive for riders behind you.

6. Pass other bicycles and pedestrians on the left and call out "On Your Left”.

7. Be Predictable - avoid sudden moves or stops.

  • Hold your line and speed.
  • Look and hand signal before making changes.

8. Be Alert and Aware—Continuously scan your surroundings.

  • Look through/beyond the riders ahead of you.
  • Use a rear view mirror to see riders and vehicles behind you.
  • Maintain enough space around yourself so you can respond to the unexpected.
  • Never overlap your front wheel with the back wheel of the rider ahead.
  • Anticipate potential problems.

9. Be Visible—Assume you are invisible

  • Use flashing front and rear lights, even during the day.
  • Wear bright or light colors, especially on your legs. Movement catches the attention of drivers.
  • Make eye contact with drivers.

10. Move off the road and out of the bike lane when completely stopping.

11. Take care of each other - no one should be left lost or left behind.

  • Keep the rider behind you in sight—the next-to-last rider is the last rider's buddy.
  • Wait or return for riders lost from sight.
  • Communicate problems to other riders: e.g., call out “Flat".
  • Stay with a rider that has to stop.

12. Be courteous at all times and acknowledge courteous behavior.  

Table of Contents

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Winter 2018 Freewheeler February 8, 2018 10:54 AM anonymous
JOIN WSCC November 5, 2018 2:34 PM anonymous
SAFE CYCLING BEST PRACTICES December 12, 2017 12:37 AM anonymous
GROUP RIDING BEST PRACTICES December 12, 2017 8:39 AM anonymous
CLUB CONTACTS December 15, 2017 3:46 PM anonymous
About West Sound Cycling Club December 15, 2017 3:22 PM anonymous

Silverdale, WA

Founded Oct 15, 2017

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