REMEMBER BASIC CYCLING PRINCIPLES……
SEE…. BE SEEN… BE HEARD… BE PREDICABLE
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
CYCLING IN TRAFFIC on All Forms of Travel Surfaces
Confidence can be gained and fear of most forms of traffic, road, path, and others overcome through practice such as the All Points Cycling courses teach. Both use regular bikes and E-Biikes.
Establishing a routine of regular cycling patrols, in your local district as established by your office will enable you to gain confidence as a patroller in the traffic on all the streets, paths, back allies, and trails of your area.
Take one step at a time, gradually increasing the complexity of the situations, and always following the principles and methods shown throughout this course. These are laid out below and are the bases of the All Points Cycling, CAN-BIKE British Columbia Cycling, and League of American Bicycling Programs and courses.
The Act states that we must ride as far to the right as practicable. This does not mean hugging the lamp posts and creeping down the gutters.
Ride to be seen, in a straight line, a car door’s width away from the parked cars. Never swerve in and out between the parked cars. This kind of lane positioning doesn’t give you visibility on the straight stretches and at intersections. It confuses car drivers and causes the cyclist to be lost from the field of vision of the drivers approaching from the rear. It will also keep the cyclist away from car doors, road debris, and road grates.
On narrow roadways, cyclists have the right to claim a lane. If you need to ride on that street, do so, on the left of center of the lane. If this frightens you, especially in high-speed or high-density traffic, then choose an alternative street.
Thanks, Safe Ride Home, Chuck