Safety is key, and, basically, cyclists should strive not to hit the stationary things or be hit by the moving ones. With these tips from local cyclists, prevent everyday accidents so everyone can enjoy the ride.

Be Seen and Be Heard by Motorists

Without turn signals, cyclists should use hand or verbal signs to show motorists where they are going. A hand in a fist behind the back means stop, left arm extended with the hand open means left turn and the opposite means right turn. If all else fails, when safe, verbally tell motorists your intentions. 

Don't Lose Control

Do not argue with motorists on the road. “Don’t get angry,” says Sarasota Cycling Club’s Keith Litzell. “Represent your team.” When riding with groups, cyclists assume one identity, and cyclists must keep level heads to benefit themselves and their team. 

Don't Be A Stranger: Wear Road ID

If a rider gets in an accident and cannot communicate, the ID can provide crucial information to first responders. A Road ID, not unlike a medical bracelet, lists the rider’s name and emergency contact information. So, if a crash renders the rider unable to communicate, medics will know who they are, who to call and how to help.

No "Look Mom, No Hands"

Cyclists should keep their hands on the brakes. Although it may feel cool to be able to ride hands free, a rider cannot react quickly if danger arises. Cyclists should always be prepared to brake quickly.

Buddy System: Don't Ride Alone

Riding in groups allows for more eyes on potential dangers, and makes the cyclists easier to spot by other drivers. A group of riders also garners more respect on the road. “The cars spend less time passing, says Litzell, “and they give more room.” And riding two abreast is legal, even if some motorists think of it as road-hogging.

On Your Left

It is customary for riders to pass on the left. Nevertheless, cyclists should call it out, even if most expect to be passed on the left.