SALLY WRITES: As a cyclist, you’ll be fully aware of your vulnerability on busy roads. According to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 726 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2014. These deaths mostly occurred between 6pm and 9pm (20%) and in urban areas (71%). With these distressing statistics in mind, it’s imperative that cyclists know the rules of the road. No matter how experienced a rider you are, it’s always good to have a refresher!
Know the law
Road laws for bicyclists vary from state to state. Make sure you’re familiar with those that are applicable to you. In most areas, a bicycle is considered a vehicle, and riders must follow the same traffic laws as drivers. In all circumstances, cyclists must ride on the right side of the road, along with the rest of the traffic. This maximizes visibility to other road users and gives them time and space to respond appropriately to your actions.