Safety Guide: Hand Signals

It is important to remember that a bicycle is a vehicle. It is vital that you follow all the rules of the road when bike riding including; stop signs, traffic lights, and traffic laws. And always ride on the right-hand side of the road just like you would in your car.

Signal before you make a turn.

Another important way to stay safe when biking with other motorized vehicles or bicycles is to use proper hand signals. Hand signals let drivers know where you are headed and when you are stopping so that the can react to you the same way they would to a car who is using their blinkers or brake lights.

Also, Remember... 

Walkers still have the right of way.

Drivers have to slow down for walkers and so do bikers both on the road and on shared bicycle paths. If you are coming up on a walker be sure to let them know of your presence with a courtesy call “on your right” or a ring of your bell.

Leave three feet between you and a parked car.

Car doors can be a cyclist’s worst nightmare. Be sure to always remain vigilant of what is going on around you and if you aren’t sure if anyone is in a parked car, give that car a wide berth so that you don’t get hit by an unexpected opening door.

Meet Our Partner in Safety Gage Duke

12-year-old Texas native Gage Duke turned tragedy into triumph, using lessons he learned to start Just Cuz Helmets Matter, a non-profit organization that provides bike safety education and bicycle helmets to those who can't afford them. Watch the video to learn more about Gage's wonderful cause and see how you can help make a difference. Let's help Gage save lives!

Learn more about Gage and his nonprofit by visiting his website: Just Cuz Helmets Matter.