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6 Rules For Safer Bicycling On The Road

Bicycling is a great way to get around town, but bikes are a lot smaller than cars, harder to see, and they don't offer protection from collisions. Use these safe bicycling rules to help avoid an accident.

  1. Cycling in NewfoundlandGo With the Traffic Flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow – not against it.
  2. Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. (For more information on road rules for cars and bicycles click this link).
  3. Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.
  4. Stay Alert at All Times. Watch out for anything that could make you lose control of your bike and listen for traffic and dangerous situations. Don’t wear a headset when you ride.
  5. Look Before Turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic then signal before making the turn. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic.
  6. Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars like doors opening or cars pulling out.