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Bicycle Safety

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Each year, bicyclists are killed or injured in New Jersey due to bicycle crashes. Many bicycle deaths result from bicycle-motor vehicle collisions. However, injuries can happen anywhere, including parks, bike paths and driveways, and often do not involve motor vehicles. Head injury is the most serious injury type and the most common cause of death among bicyclists. The most severe injuries are those to the brain that cause permanent damage.

Young people under the age of 17 are required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, in-line skating, or skateboarding.

Tips to be a Safe Bicycle Rider

Obey all traffic laws. In New Jersey, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. Some examples are:

  • Keep Right except to pass
  • Stop at stop sign and red signals
  • Signal your turns

Wear an approved bicycle helmet.

Make sure your bicycle fits you and is in good working order. Inspect the following before each ride to make sure your bicycle is in good working order:

  • Tires/wheels
  • Brakes
  • Chain
  • Lights
  • Reflectors
  • Bell
  • Spare inner tube and tire levers/irons
  • Seat height

Wear comfortable reflective clothing conducive to weather conditions (not too baggy)

Ride within your abilities

  • Avoid busy streets
  • Ride a properly sized bicycle


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