Lane Positioning Going Straight If you are going straight through an intersection with a right-turn-only lane, do not move into the right-turn-only lane. Instead, stay to the immediate left of the right-turn-only lane to proceed straight through the intersection. When continuing straight through an intersection, always look behind you to make sure right-turning motorists see you and acknowledge your right-of-way. Turning Left If you are turning left, signal your intention The Clean Air Campaign and the region’s eight Transportation Management Associations to turn well ahead of time, check to make promote the use of commute alternatives throughout metro Atlanta. These commute alternatives include transit, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking — as well as biking sure it’s clear to proceed and position yourself on the left side or middle of the and walking. To put the region’s commute alternative resources to work for you, get involved with the organization specific to your area. For more information, call Tips on lane. After making the turn, position yourself to the right side of the farthest 1-877-CLEANAIR or visit cleanaircampaign.com. Bike Commuting right lane of travel once again. Cycling Resources For information about Bicycle User Groups (BUG), Effective Cycling classes, local jurisdiction laws or to find Turning Left out the location of bike lanes or multi-use paths around (Left-Turn-Only Lane) the metro Atlanta region, contact The Atlanta Bicycle Campaign at (404) 881-1112 or www.atlantabike.org. If you are turning left at an intersection with a left-turn-only lane, position yourself on the right side of the left-turn-only lane. For further resources, check out these organizations: Stay on the right side as you turn and Georgia Bikes! www.georgiabikes.org continue through the intersection. Georgia DOT (Bike & Pedestrian Initiative) www.dot.state.ga.us League of American Bicyclists www.bikeleague.org PATH Foundation www.pathfoundation.org Pedestrian and Bicycling Information Center www.bicyclinginfo.org Southern Bicycle League www.bikesbl.org Tip #3: Use Hand Signals When Changing Lanes, Turning or Stopping Bike More, Drive Less When changing lanes, turning or stopping, be sure to signal and check to make sure it is clear to proceed. Hand signals are a bicyclist’s blinkers and brake lights! Bicycling is a great option if you live close to the office. It can also be an energizing last leg of your commute when coupled with the train, bus, or the use of a Park and Ride lot. In addition to saving on gasoline, you’ll also get a great workout on your way to and from work. or Here are a few tips when bicycling to work: ■ Select a route ahead of time and make a practice run on the weekend to gauge time. ■ Bring a change of clothes and any toiletries you may need to freshen up (or keep a set Right Turn Left Turn Stopping in your office). Tip #4: Obey the Rules of the Road ■ Know where to park your bike – find storage or a rack. Benefits of Bicycling Bicycling is a safe form of transportation when both motorists and cyclists obey the rules of ■ Lock your bike in a visible area if no storage is available, and don’t obstruct passers-by. the road. As a bicyclist, you should ride your bike with the same sense of responsibility you ■ Take an Effective Cycling Class (see The Atlanta Bicycle Campaign, back panel). Did you know that 25% of auto trips in the United States are less than one mile in distance? would drive your car. Signal your intention to change direction or stop. Always remember to Riding your bicycle cuts down on unnecessary trips, keeps you fit and reduces air pollution. obey stop signs and other traffic signals. Aside from biking to work, there are a number of other ways bicycles Use the tips in this brochure to keep yourself safe and informed whether you‘re on a bike can be used to reduce driving in our region: or in the car! Tip #5: Be Alert When Riding Your Bike ■ Consider keeping a bike at work for trips to lunch and other short errands. Travel in the same direction as cars and stay to the right of the road unless your path is Six Tips for Safer Cycling obstructed by rough pavement, parallel drain grates, surface debris, parked or stopped ■ Ride bicycles with your family. You may think driving your children to a neighbor’s vehicles, potentially-opening car doors or anything else that threatens your safety. When house, to the pool down the street, to soccer or even to school is doing them a favor. Tip #1: Helmets Are for People with Brains moving to the left to avoid these obstructions, make sure to look behind you to ensure Considering the rise in childhood obesity, you may want to think again. Riding Studies suggest that, in the event of a traffic accident, a helmet- you don’t swerve in the path of an approaching vehicle. bicycles is great exercise, a healthy habit to teach kids and one activity the whole wearing cyclist is at no more risk of a fatality than a motorist. Wear family can enjoy. your helmet and wear it properly; it’s the cheapest insurance you Tip #6: Take an Effective Cycling Class ■ Take a look around you to see if there are any places near your home that you could can buy! Your helmet should fit snugly and be positioned level on For more information on safe and effective cycling, register for an Effective Cycling class in your ride your bike to, instead of getting in the car – such as the post office or the local your head just above the browline with the chin strap secured. area or join a Bicycle User Group (BUG). For more information, contact The Atlanta Bicycle coffee shop. Make a habit of using your bicycle whenever possible. Also, it should not obstruct your view when you are looking up. Campaign, your local Transportation Management Association (TMA) or The Clean Air Campaign. Tip #2: Stay Visible – Day and Night Bikes on Transit Make sure that other traffic can see you by wearing bright and/or reflective clothing. Ride predictably and always signal your intention to turn – no sudden turns or swerving Can’t pedal the entire way there? Bicycles are allowed on public transportation—trains and between moving or parked cars. Never assume motorists can see you. At nighttime, you most buses—at any time of the day or night. When riding the train with your bike, remember are required by state law to use a front white light and a rear red reflector. Reflectors on to keep it out of the aisle and away from train doors. Use elevators, not escalators, when taking your pedals and a rear-facing flashing red light are also recommended. Bright headlights bikes in and out of the rail stations. Bikes are not allowed inside buses but can be securely from cars may lessen how visible you are on the road even if you are properly outfitted placed in a special bike rack on the front of most buses in the Atlanta region. Each bus can hold with lights and reflectors, so use caution when riding at night! up to two bikes; the bus racks have simple instructions for securing your bike onto the rack.