The Bicycle Shop Baton Rouge
3315 Highland Road 225-344-5624
Open MWF 10am-6pm TuThSa 10am-5pm
1. Positioning for turns Before a turn: scan, signal and move into the lane that leads to your destination Ride in the right third or middle of the lane, as lane width dictates To traverse multiple lanes, move one at a time, scanning and signaling each move 2. Avoid turn lanes If your lane turns into a right-turn-only lane, change lanes before the intersection Changing lanes too late could result in an overtaking motorist turning in front of you Maintain a constant position relative to the curb or shoulder during a turn 3. Beware of blind spots Most drivers do not always expect to see cyclists on the roadway Do not ride next to another vehicle unless you are in a different lane or passing If you can't see bus, truck or car mirrors, drivers can't see you 4. Signaling Signal well before the intersection; make sure you are in the proper lane position Left arm out and down with palm to the rear to indicate stopping Left or right arm straight out to indicate left or right turn 5. Scan Look for potential hazards in front and behind as well as to each side Scanning allows you to avoid dangerous situations Scan for motorists, road conditions, pedestrians, animals, traffic signalsTip courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists (bikeleague.org).