Sun City Cycling Club
Safety Tips
Lane positioning and group riding
Three items that we should consider in road positioning:
At intersections:
You should be positioned in lane that will take you in the direction you plan to go when departing the intersection. If there is a right or left turn lane and you are going straight, you should be in the lane that goes straight. Often there is no right turn lane, stop in the middle of the straight lane to allow cars which want to make a right turn to come up on your right. If you are going right stop in the right turn lane or the right portion of the straight lane in the absence of a right turn lane. If you are going to make a left turn, stop in the left turn lane or the left portion of the straight lane in the absence of a left turn lane.
Riding in the lanes:
You should ride in the right most part of the lane as is practical and safe. The last portion is very critical: If the lane is too narrow for a car to safely pass, you should take the lane (ride in the middle) to force the car to pull into the parallel lane to pass you. Do not ride on the edge of the road on narrow streets; that will encourage drivers to squeeze by you. Always move over as soon as it is safely possible to allow traffic to pass. This is the law if more than 4 vehicles are backed up behind you.
Group riding:
When riding in groups of 6 or more with traffic approaching from behind, it is wise to ride two abreast and in a nice tight formation. This prevents traffic from squeezing by you and also shortens the distance by ½ that the traffic has to travel in passing the group. Your safety comes first but courteous behavior is always a positive in sharing the road.
Happy and safe riding!! Warren Smock LCI 1429
Below is a simple diagram that will explaining proper thought process in bike lane use. Keep in mind the AZ law, statute 28-815 Riding on Roadway and Bicycle Path; Bicycle Path Usage.
*§28-817. Bicycle equipment:
A bicycle that is used at nighttime [ "the period between sunset and sunrise" -- §1-215 ] shall have a lamp on the front that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and a red reflector on the rear of a type that is approved by the department and that is visible from all distances from fifty feet to three hundred feet to the rear when the reflector is directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A bicycle may have a lamp that emits a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear in addition to the red reflector.
A person shall not operate a bicycle that is equipped with a siren or whistle.
A bicycle shall be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
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