10 Smart Routes to Bicycle Safety
Anchorage has scores of bike riders that enjoy both trail and road riding. Each summer police respond to numerous collisions involving bicycles and vehicles that could have been prevented. Unfortunately, bicyclists don't have the same protections vehicle occupants have - seat belts and lots of metal surrounding them - and must take extra precautions to stay safe. Below are some tips that will help as you take off on your bicycle to enjoy a beautiful summer day:
- Protect your head. Wear a helmet. In Anchorage, riders under the age of 16 are required by law to wear a bicycle helmet (AMC 9.38.200).
- Assure bicycle readiness. Make sure your bicycle is adjusted properly.
- Stop it. Always check brakes before riding.
- See and Be Seen.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing. When riding at night, be seen! Equip your bike with a head lamp, use reflective tape on your clothing and on your bicycle.
- Stay alert. Always keep a lookout for obstacles in your path.
- Go with the flow. The safe way is the RIGHT way.
- Check for traffic. Always be aware of the traffic around you.
- Learn the rules of the road. Obey all traffic laws.
- Don't flip over your bicycle. Wheels should be securely fastened.
The ordinances for bicycles can be found in Anchorage Municipal Code 9.38. A link is available on APD's website. Click on the 'Municipal Code' link to Title 9, Chapter 38.
This information is courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Anchorage Police Department's Traffic Unit.