Here are some guidelines that we promote to help encourage bike safety and education in our community. This is by no means an all-inclusive list and should be used at your discretion.
Nothing is more important to us at WOCF than promoting bicycle and road safety information to your community. One way that we do this is by supporting the Wyoming Babes, an all-female group of more than 30 cyclists that offer support to new female cyclists in the area.
Many of us understand nonprofit organizations to raise funds for such things like curing cancer or diabetes, but we bring fundraising closer to the heart by supporting such groups as the Wyoming Babes who are responsible for the Sharrows that mark safe lanes on streets throughout Wyoming, Ohio.
These allow people of all ages to be a little more comfortable sharing the road with vehicles because there are appropriate markings identifying bicycle lanes on the streets
An important resource for those who want to begin riding is Pocket Guide to Cincinnati Bike Laws. This contains a great amount of information about what is legal and what is not when riding. We highly recommend reading it in-depth before you begin to ride on your own. Here are a few highlights that everyone should know:
Cyclists must obey traffic laws including stopping at red lights and stop signs.
Cyclists must ride to the right and in the same direction as traffic. This is especially important because riding against traffic can be extremely hazardous and lead to collision.
Only those younger than 15 years of age may ride on the sidewalk.
Every bicycle must be equipped with a bell or other audible signal, but may not be equipped with a siren or whistle.
WOCF requires all riders joining our group to wear a helmet and use front and rear lights both day and night.
Adjusting your bicycle to fit is important for safe riding. Stand over your bicycle and make sure that there is one to two inches between you and the top tube, three to four if it is a mountain bike. Make sure that the seat is level front to back, and adjust the seat to allow a slight bend at the knee when your leg is fully extended. The handlebar should be level with the seat.
Before each ride make sure that your tires are inflated to the pressure listed on the sidewall of the tire, and check to make sure there is no damage to the tire before riding. Inspect the pads of your brakes, and make sure to replace them if there is less than ¼ inch of pad left. Also, make sure to inspect your chain to make sure it is not worn.
Avoiding collisions are often made easier with the right equipment. Be sure before riding to purchase a handlebar or helmet mirror and to use it before entering intersections. If you decide to ride at night also be sure to have a headlight.
Wearing clothing that is brightly colored is important, even during the day. Yellow or orange vests and leg bands are great ideas to make sure drivers can easily spot you.
Making sure to look all around you is necessary. Never swerve near traffic or cross an intersection without first glancing behind you. This will require you to practice keeping your bike straight while doing so.
Signaling is very important, as it lets drivers and other bicyclists know your intentions. Holding your left hand straight out signals left, holding it up at the elbow signals a right turn, and holding it downwards at the elbow signals that you are stopping.
If you are in a collision, wearing a properly fitted helmet could be the difference between life and death. Please visit this link to learn how to fit your helmet: http://www.bicycling.com/beginners/bikes-gear/how-fit-bike-helmet?cid=NL_BIK_1913714_BIK_11142014_
Riding in the street is the safest choice, particularly where Sharrows are painted. However, children less than 10 years old are not mature enough to carefully ride in the street and would be better off using the sidewalk, where sidewalk riding is legal.
All bicycle safety starts with knowing that your bike is in good operating condition and knowing how to make yourself safe. Click HEREto access a website that will help you fit you make sure that your helmet is appropriately fitted to your head. Safety first!