One of the goals of the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee is to make cycling a safe and pleasurable experience for Bath cyclists. Over the past month, three local cyclists have been involved in significant accidents. Hopefully all involved will fully recover.
The Bike/Ped committee offers these reminders to cyclists of the basics of riding safety.
Wear a helmet!
- Maine State law states anyone under age 16 must wear a helmet. No matter your age, wearing a helmet protects riders from serious head injury.
- Make sure the helmet fits properly and is certified with an appropriate sticker.
Obey the Rules of the road.
- Ride in a straight line and in single file if riding with a group.
- Always ride with traffic. Take the travel lane to set up for a left turn , to pass a vehicle or avoid an unsafe situation
- Use Hand signals. Extend left arm to signal a left turn, extend right arm to signal a right turn and left arm down to signal stop.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals! It’s the law!!
- Be alert and look ahead to avoid obstacles.
- Leave plenty of room when passing parked cars to avoid opening doors.
- Don’t ride on the sidewalk unless under the age of 12. It puts riders in a position where drivers and pedestrians are not expecting to see them.
- Wear brightly colored clothing and reflective materials so you may be easily seen
- Avoid loose fitting clothing, tuck in shoelaces and secure loose straps.
- Maine law requires a cyclist to have a headlight (visible for 200 ft.) and a rear reflector when riding after dark. These are good during the day also.
Quick Check of Bicycle
- Check tire air pressure. Proper pressure is indicated on the wall of the tire.
- Check you brakes. Properly functioning brakes are vital to insure safety. If you are unsure about the brake function, check with your local bike shop.
- Make sure your chain is clean and not rusty. After cleaning your chain some chain lube is a good idea.
- Give your bike a once over and make sure quick releases are secured.
Please be safe, responsible and enjoy your ride.
Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee