Bike Safety

Many of these rules are common sense. The State of New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety website is very informative.

  • Wear a helmet. The Snell Memorial Foundation is an excellent resource for choosing a helmet. The State of NJ website has a good, straightforward graphic “BE SURE YOUR HELMET FITS PROPERLY“.
  • In general you should ride in the direction of traffic (usually the right side of the road).
  • Obey all traffic signals.
  • Ride no more than two abreast (when traffic is not impeded).
  • Use standard hand/arm gestures to signal all turns.
  • Try to avoid distractions while riding. For example if you must use a cell phone, stop first.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing.
  • Wear gloves. They will keep your perspiring hands from slipping on the handlebars and protect your skin during a fall. has some excellent tips in its article HOW NOT TO GET HIT BY CARS. Makes sense, right?

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