Bike Commuting 101: Street Safety

    Photo: Illustration by Chris Philpot

1. NO BIKE LANE?
Take the rightmost third of the lane.
Own it, and, please, be very predictable.
Ignore impatient honkers; don't engage hostile ones.

2. IN THE BIKE LANE
Watch out for car doors and pedestrians.
Never swerve into traffic; brake hard, in-line.
Pass cyclists carefully with "On your left!"

3. AT INTERSECTIONS
Never assume a car won't hit you while it's turning.
Take the lane after a visual check and hand signal.
Move slowly to the right once you're through.

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