SIGNAL

When maneuvering around an obstacle, remember
to signal before making moves.

BE PREDICTABLE

Indicate to others when you are turning, changing lanes, or swerving to avoid an obstacle. Always look for traffic and signal before making your move.

STOP MEANS STOP

All cyclists and motorists are required by law to stop at stop signs. Cyclists should cease forward momentum but are not required to put a foot down.

HAVE PATIENCE

If there is not a bike lane, both cyclists and motorists have a right to the traffic lane. Cyclists should maintain awareness of traffic behind them, and motorists should give the cyclist 3 feet of room when passing.

DON’T DOOR ME

Motorists should look behind them before opening their car door and waitfor cyclists to pass. Cyclists should give parked cars 3 feet of space to avoid hitting a suddenly opened door.

A HEADS UP

If there is not a bike lane, both cyclists and motorists have a right to the traffic lane. Cyclists should maintain awareness of traffic behind them, and motorists should give the cyclist 3 feet of room when passing.

SEE & BE SEEN

If there is not a bike lane, both cyclists and motorists have a right to the traffic lane. Cyclists should maintain awareness of traffic behind them, and motorists should give the cyclist 3 feet of room when passing.

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

If there is not a bike lane, both cyclists and motorists have a right to the traffic lane. Cyclists should maintain awareness of traffic behind them, and motorists should give the cyclist 3 feet of room when passing.

Bicycling Basics

If you are new to cycling, or starting to ride again after a long break, set yourself up for success by going over these bicycling basics.

If it has been a while since you have been on your bike, start off with a few short rides around your neighborhood before venturing out further. Even if you are in good shape, riding a bike uses different muscles than other forms of exercise, and your body will need time to adjust. Take it easy to start off with, and HAVE FUN!!
When you are riding a bike on the street, you have to follow traffic laws just like  other vehicles on the road. It is illegal and unsafe not to do so. If you do not already know them, or need a refresher, make sure to check out these Resources for bicycle codes and laws locally.
Knowing good routes for cycling is an important part of a safe, fun bike ride. If you are just beginning, stick to neighborhood streets with slower traffic. Once you are ready to venture out further, check out some of the Bike Maps listed on our Resources page to help identify the best routes for you. Always remember, the best route by car may not be the best by bicycle.

Nothing builds your ability to safely and confidently navigate the DFW area by bike like taking a course with BikeDFW. We offer classes for people of all ages and abilities, taught by League Certified Cycling Instructors who bicycle in the DFW area themselves. If you feel you are too busy to take a class, visit The League of American Bicyclists’, ride smart videos, for some excellent online education.

helpful equipment

The beauty of bicycling is that it is simple, fun, and easy! A properly functioning bike and a little balance is all you need to get started. The following items can come in handy and can lead to an even better cycling experience.

Staying well hydrated while riding is always important. If you are not carrying a bag, you can get a water bottle cage that attaches to your bike, and keeps water within reach wherever you go. They are inexpensive and can be found at any local bike shop.

A portable pump that fits in your bag or attaches to your bike is very helpful in the case of a flat or slow leak. Riding on low tires is unpleasant, and potentially dangerous. Simple portable pumps are inexpensive and can be found at any local bike shop.

A properly fitted helmet helps protect your most vital organ in the case of a crash. A helmet is required by law for anyone under the age of 18 operating a bicycle, and is recommended for anyone on a bike. Helmets can be found at any local bike shop, and they can help with proper fitting.

All bikes must at least have a front light and a rear reflector, and for better visibility at night, consider bright lights on the front and back. Lights are another staple that can be found at your local bike shop.

There are many options when it comes to clothing, but particularly if you are riding at night, remember to wear brightly colored clothes, reflective if possible, and make yourself as visible as possible!

CONTACT

P.O. Box 671354
Dallas, Texas 75367

972-256-8703
contact@bikedfw.org 

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