Practicing and building cycling safety habits is key to the advancement of cycling advocacy. Here at the College of Charleston we understand that being a safe and predicable cyclist leads to safer streets for everyone, cyclist or motorist. Here are some quick tips for practicing proper bike safety:
- Use Turn Signals
- Be Visible
- Always Ride with the Flow of Traffic
- Wear your Helmet
- Obey all Traffic Signs and Signals
For more detailed information and answers to commonly asked questions about safety, please check out this page provided by the Palmetto Cycling Coalition and the Safe Streets Save Lives project.
Be sure to use proper turn signals while cycling. Never assume drivers know where you are going.
Be sure to wear bright, reflective clothing at night. It is also a South Carolina state law that all cyclists must have a white light in the front that can be seen from a distance of at least 500 feet, and a red reflector on the rear that must be visible from at least 50 feet when directly in front of the lawful headlamps of a motor vehicle.
When on the road, a cyclist should behave like a motor vehicle which includes always riding in the same direction as traffic. When riding against traffic, cyclists cannot see traffic signals and signs, and are unpredictable and less visible to drivers. Cyclists are much safer when riding with the direction of automobile traffic.
While not required by state law, wearing a helmet is a strongly suggested safety precaution that can help save lives in the event of accidents. Make helmet hair cool.
A cyclist is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle. Most importantly, that means all traffic signals and signs must be obeyed. Stop signs and red lights are not discretionary.
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