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East Brunswick Police Department
Thursday October 17th, 2019 :: 01:56 p.m. EDT

Advisory

Share the Road: Bicycle Safety Tips

There were 783 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2017. 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 yourself if a crash occurs.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

* Ride a bike that fits you—if it’s too big, it’s harder to control the bike.

* Ride a bike that works—it really doesn’t matter how well you ride if the brakes don’t work.

* Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others, like a bike helmet, bright clothing (during the day), reflective gear, and a white front light and red rear light and reflectors on your bike (at night, or when visibility is poor).

* Ride one per seat, with both hands on the handlebars, unless signaling a turn.

* Carry all items in a backpack or strapped to the back of the bike.

* Tuck and tie your shoe laces and pant legs so they don’t get caught in your bike chain.

* Plan your route—if driving as a vehicle on the road, choose routes with less traffic and slower speeds. Your safest route may be away from traffic altogether, in a bike lane or on a bike path.

 

RIDE DEFENSIVELY - FOCUSED AND ALERT

Be focused and alert to the road and all traffic around you; anticipate what others may do, before they do it. This is defensive driving—the quicker you notice a potential conflict, the quicker you can act to avoid a potential crash:

* Ride with the flow, in the same direction as traffic.

* Obey street signs, signals, and road markings, just like a car.

* Assume the other person doesn’t see you; look ahead for hazards or situations to avoid that may cause you to fall, like toys, pebbles, potholes, grates, train tracks.

* No texting, listening to music or using anything that distracts you by taking your eyes and ears or your mind off the road and traffic.

Also, visit www.eastbrunswick.org/SpecOps or www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicycle-safety for additional safety information.

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East Brunswick Police Department
1 Civic Center Dr
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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