3C's to Help Avoid Bicycling Accidents
by the GSW Web Publisher
you're a vehicle, with the same rights and responsibilities as our motorized
brethren. Those responsibilities include obeying all traffic signs, particularly
We want cars to share the road with us, so we must share with them. Single
up when approached from the rear by traffic. One of the most commonly
sited reasons for driver road rage is the cyclist's refusal to single
up, even after repeated requests.
Leave plenty of room between you and the cyclist in front of you. If you
knock his (or her) back tire, guess who'll go down? Right . . . you!
Ride as close as you safely can to the side of the road; avoid taking
your half out of the middle.
no weaving all over the road, riding on the sidewalk, passing on the right,
stopping short, speeding up and slowing down for no apparent reason or
If you're riding with unfamiliar riders, give them plenty of room. Let
them get to know your riding style while you get to know theirs - safely.
requires increased communication. Let the cyclists around you know what
you're about to do. Signal or yell out your next move, including turns,
slowdowns, debris or obstacles in road, passing (on left only; no passing
on right), and stops.
If you've never ridden in groups before, let the leader know; he or she
will be glad to show you what the correct signals are.
GSW wants to prevent as many accidents as possible. If you see a fellow
cyclist riding irresponsibly, let the ride leader know. It's much easier
to give riders with a "safety tune up" than to scrape them up
off the road.
fabulous summer riding season. But make it a safe one!
If you have
suggestions for expanding this education section, please contact us.
Safety and Education Coordinator