Many members of the Temple community use bikes as their primary mode of travel. Bikes provide a fast and convenient way to get around. However, preparing for your travel could be critical to a smooth ride.
- Protect your head. Wear a helmet.
- Learn the rules of the road. Obey traffic laws.
- Assure bicycle readiness. Before using your bicycle, check to make sure all parts are working properly.
- See and be seen. Wear neon, florescent or other bright clothes so you are more visible.
- Take precautions when biking at night. Equip your bike with reflectors to ensure that it is visible. Wear reflective clothing or material, especially on your ankles, wrists, back and helmet. Only ride in areas familiar to you. Brightly lit streets are best. Always assume you are not seen by a driver.
- Stay alert. Watch out for potholes, cracks, gates or any potential obstacles or hazardous conditions in your path.
- Go with the flow. The safe way is the right way. Ride on the right side in a straight, predictable path. Always go in single file in the same direction as other vehicles.
- Check for traffic. Over 70 percent of car-bicycle crashes occur at driveaways or other intersections. Before you enter any street or intersection, be aware of the traffic around you.