We at HellaWella support anyone who embraces the health and environmental benefits of bike riding, but if you are like this guy from “Portlandia,” read on to get a few tips on bicycle etiquette.
1. Consider your bicycle the same way you would any motorized vehicle and act accordingly. This means stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, and using your hands and arms to signal when you are about to make a turn, merge or stop.
2. Wear bright colors no matter what time of day. At night, up your visibility by wearing reflective tape and using awhite front light and red rear light or reflector.
3. Don’t attempt to cut through traffic by swerving between parked cars and riding on the sidewalk.
4. Pay attention to your surroundings and learn how to brake and turn to avoid a crash.
5. This should go without saying but, wear a helmet!
For more tips on biking etiquette, take a cue from New York City’s Department of Transportation’s “Don’t Be A Jerk” campaign. This video humorously illustrates some of the aforementioned riding tips to help make the roads a safer place, and with commuter cycling up 262% in New York from 2000 to 2010, it’s definitely warranted.
While common sense rules regarding cycling apply no matter where you ride, bicycle laws do vary by state, and it is important to learn them before you strap on your helmet and hit the road. Click here for a breakdown of bike laws by state.