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Get Outside: Rules of the Road for Biking

We're so happy it's finally bike weather out there. 

Our area provides a plethora of opportunities for enjoying the scenery, and hopping on our bike is one of our favorites. But before you head out for a ride in our beautiful Northwest Corner of CT, it’s important to know the rules of the road, they were designed to help keep cyclists safe. 

If you are riding on the road, behave like a car. Sometimes there can be animosity between drivers and cyclists, perhaps because some cyclists take liberties with their bicycles by riding two or three wide, ignoring traffic lights, or switching between the road and crosswalks. Yes, cyclists have a right to the road, but most laws state they must follow the rules that apply to cars, including riding with the direction of traffic, stopping at stop signs and lights, and yielding to pedestrians. Be sure to stay as far to the right as safely possible, maintain as straight a line as possible, and avoid swerving around objects.  Be predictable so cars know what to expect.

Safety is crucial, especially if you are riding with small children. Wearing a helmet and being highly visible are most important - wear bright/reflective clothing and be sure you have front and back lights and reflectors, particularly if you are riding at dawn or dusk (these can be fantastic times to get out on the road). A little caution will help you to stay safe while sharing the road.

Check out the Harlem Valley Rail Trail for some great local routes.  

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