Rights to the road: Bikers have the equal, legal right to use all public roads. These are important rights and I defend them every time. That said, due to their vulnerability, bikers need to be very cautious on the road, much more than drivers.
Wear a helmet. Wear a helmet. Wear a helmet. Attention commuters, it won’t matter that your hair gets messed up if you’re unconscious. Bring a brush to work with you.
Don’t bike on sidewalks, and obey all traffic laws when you’re biking or you’ll get a pricey ticket. And much worse, if you’re injured while breaking the rules – the law can’t help you.
Assume cars aren’t paying attention and cannot see you. You need your head on a swivel at all times, especially when approaching intersections.
At intersections, get eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Personally, there’s actually a bit of joy to be had here, because a lot of drivers are kind and supportive of bicyclists. Give them a nod or throw them a wave! This is supposed to be fun.
Use your signals and your voice. This goes for everyone. We have simple, but effective ways to communicate on the road. Communication can help us keep clear of accidents and injuries.
Read more about Denver’s laws for cyclists here: https://osullivan-law-firm.com/denver-bicycle-laws-tips/