Fitting a Helmet
- Place it on your head without fastening the straps
- There should be a two-fingers width between your eyebrows and helmet
- There should be little movement when you shake your head from side to side
- You will want to start out with the smallest size– you may have to try on different sizes and brands of helmets until you find one that fits
Adjusting Your Helmet
- The side straps should come to a point just below your ears forming a “Y” shape
- When your mouth is closed, there should be about half an inch between the chin strap and your chin
Rules of the Road
- Before you begin, ensure your bicycle is in good working condition, using the ABC Quick check (proper Air in tires, Brakes, Crank/Chain and Quick releases).
- Look for vehicles and pedestrians approaching your path.
- Be a defensive cyclist.
- Walk your bike in crosswalks.
- Be visible and predictable.
- Signal your turns. http://bikeleague.org/content/signaling
- Wear a properly fitting helmet.
- Make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians.
- Follow traffic laws. You are considered a vehicle when you ride in the street.
- Ride near the right side of the roadway.
- Ride single file or no more than two abreast.
- Shared-use paths are for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized vehicles.
- General rules of the road apply on the paths.
- In Dublin, bicyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalk. Be aware that bicyclists are not allowed to ride on sidewalks in many other cities. Be respectful and provide plenty of distance between your bicycle and pedestrians.
- Warn pedestrians when you are passing. Ring a bell from a good distance back, or loudly say “bicycle passing” or a similar message.
- At roundabouts, use the paths around the intersection. Only experienced cyclists should ride through the roundabout.
- Sharrows serve as a visual reminder to motorists to share the road with bicyclists, as they have the same right to ride on the road as motorists.
Schedule a Safety Presentation
The Dublin Police Department has 13 officers dedicated to the bike patrol unit. These officers use bicycles in addition to their motor vehicles to patrol Dublin’s streets and shared-use paths. Officers assigned to this unit also are available to conduct bicycle safety talks for organizations and civic groups. To schedule a presentation, call 614.410.4800.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists
- Find the Right Bike for You http://bikeleague.org/content/how-choose-bike
- Stretching http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1010730-stretches-before-biking/#slide=4
- Planning for Long Distance Rides http://bikeleague.org/content/what-bring