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Many people at SFA feel it is easier to travel around campus by bicycle than by car. This is a great way to enjoy the campus, not worry about finding a parking space, and be environmentally friendly. Here are a few tips to make your travel by bicycle safer!

Bicycle Safety

Recommended Bicycle Safety Equipment:

• Properly Fitting Helmet • Reflective Devices • Bright clothes when traveling at night

• Head Lights for night time riding • Tail Lights • Mirror

Proper Bicycle Safety Practices:

• Pre-ride Inspection: Visual inspection of overall condition of bike, check tire inflation, seat is at appropriate height, etc.

• Go with Traffic: This allows drivers more time to see the rider, eliminates the risk of being struck by a vehicle making a right hand turn onto the street, and minimizes the potential harm if there is a collision.

• Avoid Busy Streets: Learn routes that are typically the least crowded with vehicles.

• Don't Ride on the Sidewalk: Unless it is the only feasible option, don't travel on the sidewalk.

• Watch for Car Doors: Ride far enough to the left that you will not be struck by an unexpected open door. This is a much more likely scenario than getting struck from behind. Seek wide streets.

• Be the Most Defensive Driver on the Road: Ride as if no drivers can see you on the road.

• Practice: Don't ride in town until you can drive in a straight line while looking over your left shoulder.

• Be Predictable: Drive in straight consistent lines. Use the appropriate hand signals for turning. Be visible to drivers.