- Protect your head - wear a snug-fitting helmet.
- See and be seen - wear bright colors or reflective clothing.
- Use a white front light and a red rear “blinkie” or “flasher” when riding at night - it is the law!
- Stay alert - watch for obstacles in your path.
- Go with the flow - ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Check for traffic - be aware of traffic around you, especially at intersections and driveways.
- Learn the rules of the road - obey traffic laws.
- Make sure your bicycle is ride-ready - the seat and mechanical components should be properly adjusted; locks, pumps, and water bottles should be securely attached.
- Can you stop it? Check brakes before riding.
- Check your wheels and tires - “Quick Release” wheels should be securely fastened, and your tire pressure should match what is printed on the tire wall.
There are more bicyclists in the U.S. than skiers, golfers, and tennis players combined.
(National Sporting Goods Association)