Arnold Police give cyclist ‘Rules of the Road’ during National Bike Month

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  • By Arnold Police (Vicki Peters)
Whether it's to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community; raise funds for charity or get to your destination, National Bike Month is a great time to ride! Tennessee ranks 17th in biker friendliness nationwide, but it's only fun when it's safe.

The League of American Bicyclists offers six Rules of the Road to ensure a safe and fun bike ride:

1. Follow the law:
Riders have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

2. Be predictable:
Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Ride in a straight line - single file if there are multiple riders. Don't swerve between parked cars. Signal all turns. Check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

3. Be conspicuous:

Ride where drivers can see you; wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light, and reflectors at night or any time visibility is poor. Make eye contact with drivers. Don't ride on sidewalks.

4. Think ahead:
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists will do next. Ride outside the door zone of parked cars, and watch for turning vehicles. Cross railroad tracks at right angles. Be on the lookout for debris, potholes, and utility covers.

5. Ride Ready:
Be sure tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release wheel levers are closed. Carry repair and emergency supplies appropriate for the ride. Wear a properly fitted helmet.

6. Keep your cool:
Road rage benefits no one and always makes a bad situation worse.