Skills in Action

The 5 essential skills of safe bicycling matter most in situations where using them can help you avoid a collision or a fall. Here are some common situations you should be prepared for:

Important! Like all activities, riding a bicycle anywhere involves some risk – and every bicyclist decides how much risk is acceptable. The risks you face when riding on the road with other traffic depend on many factors and how they affect one another, including laws, roadway and traffic signal design, roadway conditions, time of day and weather, riding skill, and common sense. While you may not be able to avoid all risks, you’ll ride more safely and confidently when you understand the risk factors and master the skills that can help reduce them.

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