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….

General

  • 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”

Boardwalk

  • 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