7 rules of bicycle safety

The National Highway Safety Administration has seven rules for bicycle safety:

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  1. Wear a properly fitted helmet. While there is no state law in Washington requiring you to wear a helmet, many counties including Snohomish, Pierce and King Counties require them.
  2. Assure your bicycle is in good working order — make sure brakes work, handlebars won’t slip, cranks are tightened and the quick release hub bolt closed.
  3. Follow traffic laws — bicyclists must follow the rules of the road the same as drivers of motor vehicles. Washington State law provides that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.
  4. Ride like a driver — bicyclists should ride with the flow of traffic and on the right hand side of the road.
  5. Get noticed — Wear clothing that makes you visible and make sure you have reflective accessories, and lights.
  6. Ride focused and stay alert – keep focused on the road, don’t ride distracted and don’t ride with head phones or while talking on a cell phone.
  7. Ride safely — stay in the bike lane if one is available. Be predictable and don’t run red lights or stop signs.

This information is provided by Washignton Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle accidents and motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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