You know what they say: It's better to be safe than sorry.
Here are some key things you should keep in mind when bicycling,
according to the city of Albuquerque.
1. Choose the best way
to turn left. There are two ways to make a left turn:
one, like an automobile driver, you signal, move into the
left land and then turn left; two, like a pedestrian,, you
ride straight to the far side crosswalk and walk your bike
2. Follow lane markings.
Don't turn left from the right lane and don't go straight
in a lane marked right-turn only.
3. Use lights at night.
The law requires a headlight and rear reflector or tail light
at night. Wear light-colored clothes with reflective tape
for extra visibility.
4. Watch for cars pulling
out. Make eye contact with drivers. Assume they don't
see you until you are sure they do.
5. Beware of approaching
vehicles turning left. Many bicycle accidents in Albuquerque
happen when a motorist turning left doesn't see the approaching
6. Ride in a straight
line. When possible, ride in a straight line to the
right of traffic but about a car-door's width away from parked
7. Don't pass on the
right. Motorists might not look for or see a bicycle
passing on the right. Learn to scan the road behind you while
riding. Look back over your shoulder without swerving to the
left or use a rearview mirror.
8. Avoid road hazards.
Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice or debris.
9. Never ride against
traffic. Motorists don't look for bicyclists riding
on the wrong side of the roadway.
10. Use hand signals.
Hand signals tell motorists what you intend to do.
Signal as a matter of law, courtesy and self-protection.
11. Keep both hands ready
to brake. Carrying baggage in your arms might inhibit
your ability to brake. Allow extra distance for stopping in
the rain because brakes are less efficient when wet.
12. Lock your bike when
you're away from it. Lock up to a bicycle rack threading
the chain through both wheels and the frame. Deter thieves
by clearly marking the frame and detachable parts with your
bike registration number.