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Try not to minimize the importance of safety......
Safety always begins with you! Practice it, live it, and promote it.




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For your own safety, & that of others, always follow the rules of the road.
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safetytips1aSafety Makes the Ride Less Painful

A safe ride always makes for a great ride and the most important thing to think about when riding a bike on the street is to have situational awareness. Always try to know where you are, what you are doing, where you are going, and what is around you.  Doing this will go a long way in helping you to avoid running into trouble.
Another important thing that cyclists should always do is to follow the rules of the road

Rules to Live By

safetytips4aGenerally speaking, cyclists must observe and follow the same rules that motorized vehicles must adhere to.  This means stopping at stop signs and red lights, yielding and giving the right-of-way to pedestrians and vehicles, when appropriate, riding on the right side of the road, and signaling what direction you are going in. Don't ever assume that others on the road know you are there or know what you are trying to do.
At intersections, you should always indicate whether you are turning left or right with hand signals

safetytips7a When turning left you should extend your left arm straight out and when you are turning right, you should extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle (as if you are taking an oath).  You can also just point in the direction that you are going as well.  When stopping, you can indicate this by lowering your left arm with the palm of your hand facing behind you. You can click on this link for useful road safety information from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.


safetytips6a To help minimize the risk of trouble with your bike, you make sure that it is properly maintained, that you have lights and reflectors on it, that the tires are properly inflated, and that the front and rear brakes are in working order.   For your safety, you should always wear a helmet and it is also a good idea to attach a mirror to your helmet so that you can see what is happening behind you. 
Avoid riding on the sidewalk and always ride with the flow of traffic and not against it. 

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When you are riding with other cyclists, you should always know what to do.  Only pass other cyclists on the left and try to ride single-file on the right side of the road.  This allows other cyclists and cars to safely pass you.  Always try to communicate with other cyclists by gesturing or pointing out hazards. Also warn them of potential problems by saying, for example, "gravel," "glass," "pothole," "car up," "car back, "car left/right," etc., & advising them of your pending actions like "stopping," "slowing," or letting them know you are about to overtake them by saying "passing on your left." If you come up to an intersection, some might say that it's "clear on the left (or) right", but don't enter that intersection without making sure that it is clear when you come up to it. (Click here for further related-safety tips & here for a comprehensive list of additional safety resources). 

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Always check behind you to be sure that is clear and safe to pass.  When crossing railroad tracks, go slowly and at a right angle.  Avoid drainage grates or anything on the roadway where your tire can get wedged in. 
For accident data in the US, you can go to http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pubs/811156.pdf & bikesbelong.org. Here is an article that provides information about Bicyclist Behaviors & Crash Risk.

There are a myriad of websites on the Internet that will tell you about common cycling-related injuries that you might possibly experience. Here are a couple of websites that have information on the topic with a few websites that provide common treatments & advice on how to help prevent or reduce this from occurring to you: Physioworks.com, BicycleSource.com & UK Pub Med Central.

Finally, try to be courteous when you are out riding a bike.  Cyclists, who don't do as they should not only make things difficult and dangerous for themselves, but they are a menace to everyone else and they can feed into a negative stereotype that all cyclists are that way.

You can find out more about how to avoid getting hit by cars by going to:  http://www.bicyclesafe.com/ . There is also another website that explains why cyclists wear & do what they do: http://winnetka.patch.com/articles/why-cyclists-wear-ugly-shirts-and-other-important-things. You can also find videos of cycling-related accidents on the Internet that, if nothing else, should serve as a reminder of what can go wrong & it's the last thing that any cyclist would ever want to be featured in. In being safe, you & others should be able to enjoy cycling and the many benefits that come along with it.