TIPS FOR RIDING IN THE DESERT

  • Be sure to bring water – especially in the warmer months
  • Dress in layers – during winter, the mornings are cool, but it will warm up as it gets later. If you’re riding in the warm weather, start your ride early.
  • Bring a map – there are several free entertainment guides available that have maps
  • Wear a helmet – it could save your life, or prevent serious injury. There are only two types of riders – those who have fallen, and those who will
  • Stay Hydrated – drink fluids on a regular basis
  • Sunscreen – stay healthy; don’t cook your skin

Safety is Rule One

 

Riding confidently and predictably in traffic sends the message that you belong on the road. Basic bike handling skills will also enhance your efficiency, making your ride more enjoyable.

 

The League of American Bicyclists promotes five basic "Rules of the Road" to prepare you for safe and fun bicycling no matter where you're riding.

 

FOLLOW THE LAW:  Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

 

BE PREDICTABLE:  Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

 

BE CONSIPICUOUS:  Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.

 

THINK AHEAD:  Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

 

BIKE READY:  Check that your tires are sufficiently inflated, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
 

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