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Go With The Flow. The Safe
Way is The RIGHT Way.
Ride on the right side in a straight
predictable path. Always go single file in the
same direction as other vehicles. Riding
against traffic puts you where motorists don’t
expect you. They may not see you and may
pull across your path, or turn into you.
Young children, typically under the age
of nine, are not able to identify and adjust to
many dangerous traffic situations, and
therefore, should not be allowed to ride in the
street unsupervised. Children who are
permitted to ride in the street without
supervision should have the necessary skills
to safely follow the “rules of the road.”
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Check for Traffic. Always be
Aware of The Traffic Around
You.
Over 70 percent of car-bicycle crashes
occur at driveways or other intersections.
Before you enter any street or intersection,
check for traffic. Always look left-right-left,
and walk your bicycle into the street to begin
your ride. If already in the street, always look
behind you for a break in traffic, then signal,
before going left or right. Watch for left or
right turning traffic.
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Learn The Rules of The Road.
Always Obey Traffic Laws.
Bicycles are considered vehicles.
Bicyclists must obey the same rules as
motorists.
Read your State drivers’ handbook, and
learn and follow all traffic signs, laws,
and rules for operating a vehicle on the
road. Always signal your moves. Be
courteous to pedestrians and other vehicle
operators. Never wear headphones while
riding as they impair your ability to hear
traffic.
Become familiar with the various
accommodations available for bicyclists in
your area. These include lanes and routes as
well as off road paths. Take advantage of
these whenever possible.
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Don’t Flip Over Your Bicycle.
Wheels Should Be Securely
Fastened.
If your bicycle has quick release wheels,
it is your responsibility to make sure they are
firmly closed at all times and to use the safety
retainer if there is one.
Check your wheels before every ride,
after any fall, or after transporting your
bicycle. Read your Owner’s Manual for
instructions and follow them. If you are even
slightly confused about what “firmly closed”
means, talk to your bicycle dealer before you
ride your bicycle.
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If you must ride at night, you should
do the following:
Stop It. Always Check Brakes
Before Riding.
Ride with reflectors that meet CPSC’s
requirements. These should be permanently
installed on bicycles for daytime use also. If
a carrier is added, make sure the rear
reflector remains visible.
Stay alert at all times. Watch out for
potholes, cracks, expansion joints, railroad
tracks, wet leaves, drainage grates, or
anything that could cause you to fall.
Before going around any object, scan
ahead, and behind for a gap in traffic. Plan
your move, signal your intentions, and then
do what you planned. If you are unsure, or
lack the skill to handle an especially tough
area, pull off to the right side of the road and
walk your bicycle around the rough area.
Be especially careful in wet weather and
when there could be ice or frost on your path.
Cross all railroad tracks
at a 90 degree angle and
proceed slowly.
Use Special Care on
bridges.
Add the brightest lights you can find to the
front and rear of your bicycle.
Wear retro-reflective clothing or material
especially on your ankles, wrists, back, and
helmet.
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Only ride in areas familiar to you. Brightly
lit streets are best.
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Always assume you are not
seen by a driver.
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Always control your speed by using your
brakes. If your bicycle has hand brakes, apply
the rear brake slightly before the front brake.
Always keep your brakes adjusted. If you
cannot stop quickly, adjust your brakes.
Avoid Biking At Night
It is far more dangerous to bicycle at
night than during the day. Most bicycles are
equipped for daylight use and need to be
adapted for nighttime use.
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Wear clothes that make you more
visible. Always wear neon, bright or
florescent colors when riding a bicycle.
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Make sure you can stand over the top
tube of your bicycle. Adjust your bicycle to
fit you (see Owner’s Manual).
Before using your bicycle, check to
make sure all parts are secure and
working well. The handlebars should be
firmly in place and turn easily. Your wheels
must be straight and secure. Add a carrier to
the back of your bicycle if you need to carry
things.
See and Be Seen
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Stay Alert. Always Keep A
Lookout for Obstacles in
Your Path.
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Assure Bicycle Readiness.
Make Sure Your Bicycle is
Adjusted Properly.
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Never ride a bicycle without a helmet.
The National Highway Safety Administration
(NHSTA) and the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission CSPC) recommend that
bicyclists wear a helmet that complies with
the CSPC standard.
Bicycle helmets can reduce head
injuries by 85 percent. Select a helmet that
fits snugly and sits flat on the head.
For children, use the extra padding that
comes with the helmet to ensure a proper fit.
This padding can be removed as the child’s
head grows.
When your hand brake levers are fully
applied, they should not touch the handlebars.
Each brake shoe pad should wear evenly and
never be separated more that one eighth inch
from the rim.
Ride slowly in wet weather and apply
brakes earlier– it takes more distance to stop.
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Protect Your Head.
Wear a Helmet
Young children should
NOT ride at night.
VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT
Crime Prevention Unit
Municipal Center
2509 Princess Anne Road, Bldg. #15
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Phone: 757-385-1006
Fax: 757-385-1064
Web Site: www.VBgov.com
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