The five “Rules of the road” are the core of the “Smart Cycling” program and will prepare you for a safe and fun ride.
Follow the Law
Your safety and image of cyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic: use rightmost lane heading in the direction you are going.
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on cycles will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
Source: The League of American Bicyclists
Some people have asked where I buy my safety flags. Here is the link below:
And always remember....Put on your brakes!
ANOTHER SAFETY TIP:
Safety begins with your machine. Check out the work of your mechanics before hiring them. Here are some photographs of a boom that has been cut in a way that causes safety issues.