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Biking in Columbus: Tips for biking around community


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Bicycle racks, pictured Monday, March 24, 2014, outside the Columbus Area Visitors Center.
Bicycle racks, pictured Monday, March 24, 2014, outside the Columbus Area Visitors Center.


OBey Signs and Signals

Bicycles must be driven like other vehicles if they are to be taken seriously by motorists. Always ride with traffic.

Always use hand signals

Tell motorists what you intend to do. Point in the direction of your turn.

Ride consistently

Ride to the right of traffic in a straight line approximately a car door’s width from parked cars.

Negotiate with cars

Don’t assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact and communicate through hand signals and body language.

Scan road behind you

Learn to look over your shoulder without swerving. Stay aware. Motorists may not see you, especially in their blind spot.

Respect pedestrians

Pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right of way. When passing pedestrians from behind, give audible warning and pass with care.

Turn left, as a motorist

Signal, move to left lane and turn left.

Turn left, as a pedestrian

Ride straight across to the crosswalk on the far side, then go left across the intersection when safe.

Always wear a helmet

Be sure the helmet is right size and straps are set to keep the helmet properly positioned.

See and be seen

Use a strong white front light and red rear light when visibility is obscured. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing.

SOURCES: CITY OF COLUMBUS AND COLUMBUS AREA VISITORS CENTER

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