Is It Important to Be Safe While Biking?
Each year in the United States, about 800 people die in bicycle-related
A key aspect of avoiding accidents is to "be predictable".
Make it easy for motorists and other cyclists to tell what you are going to
do. Cyclists are required to obey the same rules as drivers. Failure to obey
these rules is a major contributing factor for accidents. In particular,
riding the wrong way, ignoring stop signs, running red lights, and failure
to observe right-of-way rules for lane changes are major contributing
factors in those accidents in which cyclists are injured.
Remember: When riding a bicycle, you will always
come out second best in any conflict with a motor vehicle, even if you have the
- Whether you cycle around the site for business or pleasure, the newly issued BNL bicycle-safety policy notes that you must wear a bicycle helmet when cycling at BNL and that the helmet must conform to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard.
- For those using BNL-issued bicycles, helmets meeting the CPSC standard can be ordered from inventory. The
stock number for helmets is K-70310.
Bicycle Safety Guidelines
Even adult cyclists who maintain they only cycle on paths or quiet streets
should not underestimate the importance of wearing a helmet. Accidents can
- Wear a bicycle helmet. It is NYS law for persons less than 14 years
of age and BNL policy for all cyclists on site.
- Ride in a straight line and single file.
- Use a light, reflectors and reflective clothing during darkness.
- Wear bright clothing during the daytime.
- Ride to the right if you are moving slower than other traffic, unless you are turning left, passing another bicycle or vehicle, or avoiding hazards.
- Use proper hand signals when turning, stopping, or changing lanes.
- Use extra caution when it is raining, and allow extra time to stop.
- Walk your bike when using a crosswalk.
- Do not wear headphones on both ears while riding.
- Keep your bike properly maintained so it is safe.
- Do not drink and ride.
- Be alert for road hazards.
- Watch for cars at cross streets and driveways.
- Obey all traffic signals.
- Ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
- Be aware of parked cars and watch for car doors that may open.
- Give pedestrians the right of way.
Note: Bicycle helmets are a
restricted-inventory item, so you must be authorized by your
or someone similar to order one through the PeopleSoft pick-ticket system.
LED bike lights are now available in stock for
Last Modified: July 15, 2010
Please forward all questions about this site to: