What are some guidelines for a safer bicycle ride?

  1. Always ride a bike properly sized and fitted to your body. Any bike shop can help with adjustments.
  2. Always wear a helmet to protect your head. Adjust your helmet so that it fits snugly and sits forward on your head, protecting your forehead.
  3. Be visible. Wear brightly colored or retro-reflective clothing.
  4. Carry a valid Driver’s License or other form of current identification on every ride.
  5. Ride on the right with the flow of traffic. Never ride against traffic.
  6. Always obey traffic signs and signals. They apply to bicyclists, just as they apply to
  7. Before turning or stopping, use arm signals to let others know where you plan to go, and look for a safe opening.
  8. Ride predictably and consistently. Do not make sudden turns or weave between cars.
  9. Do not pass on the right of motorists or other bicyclists – they may not see you. Pass on the left, after signaling and looking for a safe opening.
  10. Make it a habit to scan the road behind you as you are riding. Practice in an empty parking lot to improve balance and confidence.
  11. Ride with both hands ready to brake and allow extra distance when stopping in the rain since brakes are less efficient when wet.
  12. Watch out for cars turning into your path, cars pulling into or out of driveways, and parked car doors opening in your path.
  13. Watch out for road hazards like sewer grates, gravel, ice or potholes.

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1. Is it legal for bicyclists to ride on Texas roadways?
2. Who has the right of way, a bicyclist or a pedestrian?
3. Do I have to wear a helmet?
4. Isn't riding on the road unsafe?
5. Where should I position myself when bicycling on the roadway?
6. How do I make a left turn at an intersection?
7. Can I ride on the sidewalk?
8. Are there rules for bicycling on McKinney's Hike and Bike Trails?
9. What are some guidelines for a safer bicycle ride?
10. What do pavement markings with a bike and two chevrons/arrows mean?
11. Do these markings really have an effect on driver and cyclist behavior?
12. On some streets, cyclists riding over this marking will take the entire lane. Aren't they supposed to move to the right?
13. Do shared lane markings or "sharrows" mean these lanes are only for bikes?
14. So if shared lane markings or "sharrows" are not present, then it's not a shared lane and bicyclists aren't supposed to be there?
15. Are these markings going to be on every street that does not have a bike lane?
16. I've never seen these markings before. Why are they being used now?