Do I have to follow the same rules as cars?
Yes, you should ride with the flow of traffic and are subject to the same laws as are cars.
Are lights required on my bike?
Yes, if riding during the hours of darkness you are required to have a lamp that can be seen from 300ft to the front and sides. A rear red reflector or light that can be seen from 500ft is also required.
Do I really need to wear a bicycle helmet?
Yes. Each year, bicycle-related deaths number about 900, and United States hospital emergency rooms treat more than 500,000 people for bicycle-related injuries. More children, ages 5 to 14, go to United States hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with bicycles than with any other sport.
Why are bicycle helmets so important?
Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent. Most deaths related to bicycle falls and collisions involve head injuries. This means that wearing a helmet can save your life.
How can I tell if my bicycle helmet fits properly?
The helmet should fit comfortably and securely. It should be worn so that it is level on the head (not tilted back on the crown or pulled low over the forehead). You should not be able to move the helmet in any direction, back-to-front or side-to-side. The chin strap should be securely fastened. If needed, the helmet's sizing pads can help improve the fit.