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1 On-Road Cycling Ed Stewart Cycling Instructor Bike Club Founder Cycling Consultant

2 On-Road Cycling Main Topics Main Topics Reasons to not ride on sidewalks Reasons to not ride on sidewalks Reasons to ride on roads Reasons to ride on roads Safe and effective bicycling Safe and effective bicycling

3 On-Road Cycling Reasons to not ride on sidewalks Reasons to not ride on sidewalks Designed for pedestrians Designed for pedestrians Must go slow Must go slow Driveways and road cuts are hazards Driveways and road cuts are hazards Intersections challenging and hazardous Intersections challenging and hazardous Crowded – you are a danger to others Crowded – you are a danger to others Not all areas have sidewalks Not all areas have sidewalks Can be hard to get where you want to go Can be hard to get where you want to go

4 On-Road Cycling Reasons for riding on the road Reasons for riding on the road You can go faster You can go faster Easier to go where you want to go Easier to go where you want to go Safer – fewer hazards Safer – fewer hazards

5 On-Road Cycling Effective and Safe Road Riding Effective and Safe Road Riding Knowledge Knowledge Skills Skills

6 On-Road Cycling Knowledge Knowledge Traffic Laws Traffic Laws Become aware of how accidents happen Become aware of how accidents happen Be familiar with your route Be familiar with your route

7 On-Road Cycling Skills Skills Lane Positioning Lane Positioning Hazard Avoidance Hazard Avoidance Lane Changing Lane Changing Bike Handling Ability Bike Handling Ability

8 On-Road Cycling Knowledge Knowledge Traffic Laws Traffic Laws Your bike is a vehicle. With it you have the same rights and responsibilities of other vehicle operators. Your bike is a vehicle. With it you have the same rights and responsibilities of other vehicle operators. Get the book: “Street Smarts” Get the book: “Street Smarts” Check out Check out

9 On-Road Cycling Knowledge Knowledge Accident Awareness Accident Awareness Cyclist At Fault Cyclist At Fault Riding on right (wrong) side of road Riding on right (wrong) side of road Making a left turn from right side of lane Making a left turn from right side of lane Exits driveway without yielding Exits driveway without yielding Does not stop for red light or stop sign Does not stop for red light or stop sign Swerves in front of car Swerves in front of car

10 On-Road Cycling Knowledge Knowledge Accident awareness Accident awareness Motorist At Fault Motorist At Fault Crosses into path of bike making a left turn Crosses into path of bike making a left turn Makes a right turn in front of cyclist Makes a right turn in front of cyclist Runs stop light or sign Runs stop light or sign Leaves driveway without yielding Leaves driveway without yielding Opens door in front of oncoming bike Opens door in front of oncoming bike Overtaking, runs into bike (2/3 at night) Overtaking, runs into bike (2/3 at night)

11 On-Road Cycling Knowledge Knowledge Route Familiarity Route Familiarity Some roads and intersections are unique Some roads and intersections are unique Hazard areas Hazard areas

12 On-Road Cycling Skills Skills Lane Position Lane Position Drive your bike same as a car Drive your bike same as a car When going straight stay toward center of lane When going straight stay toward center of lane When turning, use turn lane or edge of lane to indicate your direction When turning, use turn lane or edge of lane to indicate your direction Narrow lane, protect your position – ride in center of lane Narrow lane, protect your position – ride in center of lane

13 On-Road Cycling Skills Skills Hazard Avoidance Hazard Avoidance Road surface problems (rough, wet, icy, holes) Road surface problems (rough, wet, icy, holes) Debris (gravel, glass, roadkill, branches, leaves) Debris (gravel, glass, roadkill, branches, leaves) Moving obstacles (dogs, kids, joggers) Moving obstacles (dogs, kids, joggers)

14 On-Road Cycling Skills Skills Lane Changing Lane Changing Check for opening to change Check for opening to change Eye contact with motorist Eye contact with motorist Hand signal Hand signal Be predictable Be predictable

15 On-Road Cycling Skills Skills Bike Handling Bike Handling Ride is straight line – no swerving Ride is straight line – no swerving Be able to ride through hazards skillfully Be able to ride through hazards skillfully Turning at various speeds Turning at various speeds Effective braking at various speeds Effective braking at various speeds Fast descents Fast descents

16 On-Road Cycling Smartest thing to do Smartest thing to do Find a Bike Ed class Find a Bike Ed class Ed Stewart ; Ed Stewart ;

17 On-Road Cycling Second Smartest Thing To Do Second Smartest Thing To Do Join a bike club Join a bike club Check your local bike shop Check your local bike shop


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