Riding Skills & Tips
Learn the following hand signals to communicate your intentions with others before turns and lane changes:
- Be alert.
- Be aware of other vehicles and pedestrians.
- Use hand signals.
- Use horns.
- Use lights in dark conditions.
- Ride on the right side of the road.
- Ride with head up.
- Check municipal bylaws before group riding.
- Ride single file.
- Ride against traffic.
- Wear headphones.
- Carry more people than bike was designed for.
- Multi-task while riding.
- Cycle with one hand, except when making hand signals.
- Never go on a one-way street the wrong way.
Hazards on the Road
- When possible, ride on even surfaces. Riding on rough surfaces is dangerous and can cause you to lose your balance and fall.
- Avoid riding across sharp or unknown objects that may cause loss of balance or a flat tire.
- On unknown or slippery surfaces, slow down and keep your bike as upright as possible. Loss of traction can cause you to lose control of your bike.
- Slow down in wet weather conditions and be aware that rain can affect your ability to see and be seen.
- Prepare to stop far in advance in rainy weather.
- In wet weather conditions, you have less traction while turning a corner, so slow down and take corners with little leaning.