On a Bike: Good Manners and Safe Practices!

Balance bike ridden by kidOne of my favorite things about good manners is that they often lead to safe practice. The converse is also true. Safe practice is actually good etiquette because it shows respect and consideration for others. Think about biking. There are four kids riding their bikes to the local pool:

If they travel four abreast, they may cause a car to swerve around them creating an unsafe situation either for the car or for the bikers. It’s both good manners and safe practice to ride single file when on public streets.

They should let those riding with them or driving on the same streets know what they are doing. It’s both good manners and safe practice to signal your intentions (turns and stops) to others who are sharing the road with you.

They should use a bell to signal the other bikers when they are passing so the other biker doesn’t swing out and into them or they don’t startle her. It’s both good manners and safe practice to let someone know you are overtaking them.

They should always follow the same rules of the road that cars follow: stop at stop signs; ride on the right hand side of the road; walk their bikes across the highway at traffic lights; and avoid riding the wrong way down a one-way street. It’s both good manners and safe practice to follow the rules of the road.

Always wear your helmet. It’s good manners simply because it’s the right and safe thing to do!

3 comments to On a Bike: Good Manners and Safe Practices!

  • me

    Just a small issue, but it might be useful to point out that following safe practices while riding bikes is not only courteous, but it is also the law. Bicycling may be fun and good exercise, but by law, motor vehicles have right of way, except in specially marked bicycle lanes. I see far too many adult cyclists who don’t seem to realize that they are required BY LAW to observe all traffic signs and signals, to stop for pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk, ride in the middle of the traffic lane obstructing motor vehicle traffic, etc. I think people should be required to pass a bike safety course and to obtain a licence before going out on the road.

  • Cindy Post Senning

    You make a great point – and it’s not a small issue. In many cases it’s not just good manners or safe practice, it is also the law. Thank you for your thoughts on this important issue.

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