Bicycle Safety Tips
4 Foot Passing Law
PA state law requires that motor vehicles must allow 4 feet of distance when overtaking a bicycle and travel at a careful and prudent speed. It is the motorist’s responsibility to provide this distance, not that of the cyclist.
Wear A Helmet
Always wear a properly fitting helmet when you ride your bike. Studies found that helmet use significantly reduced the odds of head injury. The odds of a fatal head injury are also lower when cyclists wear helmets. In Pennsylvania the law states, anyone under the age of 12 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. This applies to anyone operating the bicycle, riding as a passenger, or riding in an attached restraining seat or trailer.
Follow The Rules Of The Road
Ride like you are driving a car and obey all traffic laws. Cyclists have every right to be on the road and share the lane with vehicles, which means we must act like vehicles and subscribe to the same rules of the road.
Riders should make it a habit to check and observe what is happening behind them. Having mirrors on your bike, helmet or glasses, will allow you to monitor what’s happening, like approaching vehicles or cyclists behind you, more easily.
Reflectors – Front & Rear
Every bike that Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg distributes is outfitted with reflectors. Red for the rear and white for the front. Make sure your bike is equipped with reflectors.
Use Flashing Lights – Front & Rear
If possible, use daytime-visible flashing front (white) and rear (red) lights. Most are rechargeable and are to be turned on at all times while the cyclist is riding their bike.
Be focused and alert to the road and all traffic around you; anticipate what others may do, before they do it.
Don’t Text & Ride
Do not use your cell phone or other devices while riding your bike. Keep both hands on the handlebars at all times. Do not wear ear phones/buds while riding. Listening for traffic is as important as seeing it.