The Gateway Bike & Boathouse wants to remind people that Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in more bicycles being on the road than ever before. Here are some quick tips for safe riding in Rockaway….
- Your bike should be in good working order, especially tires and brakes
- Wear a helmet, head injuries are not fun
- Be predictable – Avoid sudden changes in direction
- Be courteous and smile
- Be flexible, go with the flow
- Do not ride while distracted – Texting is dangerous!
- Watch where you’re going and be aware of your surroundings
- Bike riders are responsible for not colliding with pedestrians
- Avoid riding the wrong way on a one-way street
- Avoid riding against traffic, even in a bike lane
- It’s dangerous to ride on sidewalks.
- Slow down and be alert when riding near kids, they’re unpredictable
- Ride 2′ – 3′ from parked cars to avoid getting “doored”
- If speed is your thing, use the bike lanes on Shore Front Parkway
- Make eye contact with people around you
- It’s OK if pedestrians are in the “bike lane” and bike riders out of it
- Find the path of least resistance, there’s plenty of room for everyone
- When crowded, slow down, that goes double around young kids
- When really crowded, consider walking, especially near concessions
- Careful riding through mounds of sand, you can lose your balance
- Avoid passing too close to people and startling them
Remember, if we are all courteous, respectful, and friendly, it will be a safe and fun summer for all!
Note: Please feel free to share tips that we might have forgotten to mention at: info@GatewayBoathouse.org