Cycling is one of the best ways to get exercise, see the sights and reduce your carbon footprint. However, bicyclists face a host of hazards. They often must share the road with vehicles, and injuries can happen even on a designated path.
With about 80 million bicyclists sharing the road with motorized vehicles, it is vital bicyclists – and drivers – take some safety precautions. Precautions include not only being equipped with the proper gear and knowledge of the rules of the road, but proper bicycle maintenance as well.
Please utilize the following resources to ensure you are as prepared as you can be on the open road.
**PRT GROUP RIDE TIPS AND GUIDELINES**
HELMETS ARE MANDATORY — NO EXCEPTIONS!
For all group rides, our biggest concern is that the rides are safe.
The information listed here is basic information, which we all need to keep in mind. Please read/review the PRT Group Ride Tips before attending group events.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
As you might expect, when a crash occurs between a vehicle and a bike, it’s the cyclist who is most likely to be injured. In this section, you’ll learn bicycle safety tips and rules of the road, from properly fitting your helmet to driving defensively and predictably. You’ll also find educational material, resources for your community and more. Find out what you can do to prevent bicycle injuries and deaths, and remember: A large percentage of crashes can be avoided if motorists and cyclists follow the rules of the road and watch out for each other. (Click Here to learn more…)
CDC- Transportation Safety
Bicycle trips account for only 1% of all trips in the United States. However, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash related injury and deaths than occupants in motor vehicles. (Click Here to learn more about risk factors and prevention…)
101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know from bicycling.com – Your Guide to a Longer Life for your Bicycle and Gear (Click Here for More…)
Bike Kitchen – Instructional Videos
Kate Cowper and Taylor Gill of Hub + Spoke Cycleworks provide instruction for performing minor repairs, basic maintenance, and equipment overhauls on your bicycle. Each video covers tools needed and step-by-step guidance for getting your bike safe and ride ready. (Click Here to access videos…)