Bike Safety Rules

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  • Before getting on a bike, check to ensure your tires are inflated, your shoes are tied, you are wearing bright clothing, and your helmet is on.  It is illegal in Austin for anyone under 18 to ride a bike without a helmet.
  • Your helmet should be on the top of your head, not on the back of your head.  There should be only a two finger-width between your eyebrow and your helmet, and you should be able to see the brim of the helmet when you look up.
  • Always stop at the edge of your driveway; never fly down the driveway without looking for cars.  (Note:  1/3 of fatal bike accidents happen at the foot of a driveway.)
  • Walk your bike through busy intersections and also when you are on the Doss school grounds.
  • Ride in single file.  If there is an adult riding with you, s/he should ride behind you so that you can be seen by and also hear your adult.
  • If you are younger than 10, you should ride on the sidewalk if there is one.
  • If you are 10 or older, you may ride in the street.
  • When riding in the street, always ride on the right side of the street.  Never ride against the traffic even if you are in a bike lane.
  • Avoid riding in the “gutter” along the edge of the street where glass, trash, and leaves pile up.
  • When passing a parked car, check behind you before darting into traffic.  Pass about 3 feet to the side of the parked car so that you won’t be hit if someone inside the car opens the door.
  • Don’t cross a street in front of a car without making eye contact with the driver.
  • Remember to stop at all stop signs.
  • On trash days, there will be garbage cans on the sidewalks.  Avoid darting into the street because cars won’t be expecting you.
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