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Cycling & Trail Safety  

FOLLOW THE LAW-Your safety and the image of Bentonville bicyclists and trail users depends on you. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Most of us can't do track stands so, at every stop, place one foot on the ground. Ride with traffic and use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

BE PREDICTABLE-Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road and trail users. Ride in a straight line and don't swerve. Use hand signals and signal your turns. Check behind you before turning or changing lanes. 

BE CONSPICUOUS-When cycling, walking, or running never assume you are visible to others. ride where drivers can see you, Wear bright colors and always wear a helmet. use a front white light and red rear light and reflectors at night or when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with drivers. 

THINK AHEAD-Anticipate  drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists next moves. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cares. Look out for debris, potholes, and utility covers. Cross railroad tracks at right angles and be mindful of curbs regardless of size.

RIDE READY-Check tire pressure, brakes, chains, and quick release wheel levers before each ride. Carry repair and emergency supplies when appropriate. Use a quality helmet and don't forget the sunglasses. 

KEEP YOUR COOL-Road rage benefits no one and always makes a bad situation worse. When cycling in a group on busy roads always ride single file if possible. Nothing aggravates drivers more than cyclists taking up the entire road. Share the road!

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