How to Ride
Get to know your bicycle
The best way to gain confidence riding is to simply ride often. Learn how your bike reacts to different types of pavement, how it stops, turns and accelerates.
Keep it well maintained
If you are not familiar with all the workings of the bicycle, take it to a mechanic at least once a year to ensure everything is in safe working condition.
Before you ride, give your bike the "ABC Quick Check": Air, Brakes, Crankset, Quick Releases. Make sure your tires are well inflated, brakes adequate, chains in line and quick releases locked.
Ride predictably in view of motorists. Never ride the opposite direction of traffic. Avoid riding on the sidewalk as motorists exiting driveways do not expect cyclists. Communicate with other street users with hand signals and eye contact. Wear light colored clothing during the night and use front and back flashing lights.
Many cyclists are afraid motorists will hit them from behind and ride as far right to parked cars as possible. This is extremely dangerous as motorists not used to looking for cyclists and will open their door giving cyclists the "door prize". Give yourself at least 3 feet from the parked car door, most motorists will slow down and travel around you.
While riding be aware of your surroundings both in your path and other street users. Look in your pathway for pot holes, debris and opening doors. Assume motorists do not see you and anticipate their actions.
Watch your Speed
It is thrillig to ride fast, but make sure you are in control at all times and have enough time to react to unexpected hazards and unpredictable motorists.
Take a Bike Skills Class to learn the Rules of the Road and develop your street skills.