Get Out and Ride!
Bicycling is fun, healthy, and a great family activity. But a bicycle isn’t a toy; it’s a vehicle! Some bike crashes can cause serious injuries and most are related to the behavior of you (the bicyclist) or the motorist. There are a number of things you can do to prevent a crash and protect your brain if a crash occurs. The Colorado Springs Fire Department wants you to make sure that you, your family, and the bicycles are ready to ride. By following basic bicycle safety and rules of the road and knowing where to ride, you can prevent an unwanted injury or emergency.
In all states, bicycles on the roadway are considered vehicles and bicyclists are the drivers, with the same rights and responsibilities as motorists to follow the rules of the road. When riding, always go with the traffic flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles and go with the flow – not against it. Obey all traffic laws; a bicycle is a vehicle and you’re the driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
Almost always, drivers on a smaller road must yield (wait) for traffic on a major or larger road. If there is no stop sign or traffic signal and you are coming from a smaller roadway (out of a driveway, from a sidewalk, a bike path, etc.), you must slow down and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding.
Action Steps You Can Take!
- Wear a bicycle helmet. Everyone – at every age – should wear a bicycle helmet.
- Adjust your bicycle to fit.
- Check your equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that the brakes work.
- See and be seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, bad weather, or at night, make yourself visible to others.
- Watch for and avoid road hazards. Look for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash.
You can download and print this Bicycle Safety flyer.