Bicycling is a fun activity, but it is important to make sure you are safe while riding.
To make sure you have the right fit of your bicycle, stand straddling the top bar of your bicycle so that both feet are flat on the ground. There should be 1-3 inches of space between you and the top bar.
Before you start riding, it is important you check the pressure of your tires and your brakes to make sure they are working properly.
Also, make sure you are wearing closed toed shoes, bright colored clothing, and avoid wearing ear buds or headphones so you are not distracted.
It is extremely important to wear a bicycle helmet every time you ride your bicycle. Make sure you wear a helmet that fits properly. A properly fitting helmet should come down over your forehead, is snug and doesn't move back and forth, is secured with a chin strap, and should have reflective stickers.
Rules of the Road
Try to avoid riding your bicycle in the dark. Daytime riding is safest. Ride on the right-hand side of the street so you are traveling in the same direction as the vehicle traffic. Always use bicycle lanes when available. Stop at all stop signs and obey traffic lights and signs. Cross at intersections when available. If the sidewalk is safe, you can ride on the sidewalk to avoid the street.