Where to report Unsafe Road conditions
New York: 800-POT-HOLE Pennsylvania: 800-FIX-ROAD
Biking is one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road.
The trick is to keep this in mind yet still have fun...
Follow the rules of the road
Use the road as any other vehicle - observe all traffic laws
Never ride more than 2 abreast and get into single file when being overtaken by a motorized vehicle
Ride with the flow of traffic (right shoulder of the road) - never ride against traffic
Ride as far right as practicable
Ride on the shoulder when possible
Use the driving lane in slower and urban traffic and at all intersections
Indicate your intended actions by signaling for turns
Follow lane markings
Be of sound and sober mind
Safety tips from your fellow STBC members
It's safer to ride in a group
Always wear an approved helmet (required on all STBC rides)
Use eye protection to shield from dust, bugs and glare
Wear bright clothing to maximize visibility to motorists
Wear reflective clothing at night
Use flashing front and rear lights and night
Use a rear view mirror to see what is coming from behind
Use a bell or horn to warn others as necessary
Don’t use ear buds while riding
Have a small first aid kit in your saddlebag and keep it updated
Know who in your group has CPR or other medical training
Design routes favoring right turns when possible
Choose a “sweep” rider to bring up the rear and establish communication with the ride leader
Be courteous to all other road users
Realize that motor vehicles travel at a faster speed and anticipate their maneuvers
Never pass another bicyclist on their right, and alert them when passing on the left
Exercise caution, particularly while being overtaken by traffic
Alert riders ahead of you while being overtaken by a motor vehicle by calling out "Car Back!"
Be extra cautious at intersections or when traffic is entering the road
Alert pedestrians when overtaking with voice or a warning device to avoid startling them
Pay attention to road conditions like pot holes, cracks, sticks, rocks and glass
Signal to the rider behind you of a road hazard, vocally or with a sweep of the arm
Advise the leader or sweep if you are going to leave the group
Some say it’s the motorist...
In a survey of motorists who were stopped while driving and asked “what are you doing”, the replies were things like "going shopping, going to work, picking up the kids..."
Not one person stated that they were operating a motor vehicle.
Driving is such a routine event that is taken very lightly. Distracted driving, whether it’s talking with passengers or on a cell phone, or worst of all, texting while behind the wheel, is an epidemic. A distracted driver’s senses are not fully engaged in the task of driving. The human brain simply cannot divide its attention in such a way for any length of time to allow for safe driving.
Now this in turn, falls upon you the cyclist. You are out in the clean air and feeling good. You are getting lost in the visual beauty of nature as your brain sends soothing waves to your body. But while you are relaxed and floating in the peace and tranquility of the ride...
Stay Alert !! – Stay Awake !! – Stay Alive !!
Keep the rubber necking, the birdie watching and as well, the gabbing with all of your biking friends under control.
You are operating a bicycle with all of its responsibilities, so distractions can be deadly.
Bike defensively - Never assume what anybody is going to do - Expect the unexpected.
Online bicycling safety resources
NYSDOT - https://www.dot.ny.gov/display/programs/bicycle/safety_laws/laws
This site has the New York State Laws that pertain to the safe operation of a bicycle.
Bike Safe - http://BicycleSafe.com
This site has diagrams that show in detail how to avoid being hit by a car, with very detailed explanations of each diagram. Also has more general tips
LAB - www.bikeed.org/
This site is a much more intensive educational site. You will find a complete bike safety course with reading material and video on bike safety, maintenance, adjustments and simple repairs. At the end of each education module there is a quiz. It takes about four hours to complete the entire course but you can do it in smaller blocks of time and return were you left off.
Kids Health - http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/bike_safety.html
This site is geared toward older children with good reading comprehension skills. No quizzes or games to re-enforce the written information but good information. The site would be good for independent readers.
NHTSA - https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety.
This site has education material for young children. Printable activities you can do with you children or grand children, fun activities to re-enforce the written material.
Be Safe - http://www.be-safe.org/css_com/bicycle/basic_skills.html
This site is an interactive safety education site. It is very user friendly and suitable for adults and youths. Younger children would benefit from reviewing the web site with an adult.
Accident Guides - http://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/state-car-accident-guides.html
This site provides guides that cover in detail laws and responsibilities as well as guidance for car accidents across all the states.
Think you know all there is to know about biking and walking? Take the NYBC quizzes to test your knowledge. These quizzes are designed to help you understand how bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians can safely and respectfully share the road with one another. Whether you’re a cyclist, motorist, pedestrian, or all three, we have a quiz for you. We even have quizzes for youths and adults. Take them all and see what you know.
Developed by STBC Safety Committee