Rules of the Road: Riding a Bicycle

Just like motorists, cyclists are responsible for following New Mexico’s traffic regulations when riding on the roads. While Albuquerque boasts more than 400 miles of bicycle paths and trails, you may still find yourself taking to the roads every now and then to reach your destination. Therefore, it’s important to know the rules of the road while out on your bike, alongside how to stay safe during your travels.

Have the Proper Equipment

When heading out on your bicycle in Albuquerque, it is essential to ensure that you’re properly equipped according to New Mexico regulations. All bikes must be equipped with a bell suitable for warning pedestrians and other cyclists of the cyclist’s approach. It is also important that bikes should be equipped with suitable breaks that are able to stop the bicycle quickly whilst on clean, dry, and level pavement.

For use at night, the front of the bicycle must be fitted with a white headlight that is clearly visible from a minimum of 500 feet away, as well as a red rear reflector light visible from a minimum of 300 feet away. While riding, it is essential to wear a helmet to protect your head. In New Mexico, all persons under the age of 18 years must wear a helmet when riding bicycles.

Obey Traffic Laws and Stay Alert

Most bicycle accidents are due to ignorance of traffic laws. When riding on the roads, a cyclist should have a good knowledge of traffic rules, including the meaning of traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. Moreover, you should always stay focused and avoid unnecessary distractions during the ride. Use your eyes and ears at all times. Watch out for cracks, potholes, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control. In addition, listen out for the sound of approaching traffic, and never use headphones while cycling.

Go with the traffic flow

When riding a bicycle on roads, always ride on the right in the same direction as the other vehicles. This means you should go with the flow, not against it. Also consider other road users and uphold their safety. For instance, ensure you ride in a straight line and not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to other users to stay predictable.

Look Before Turning 

When turning left or right, always look behind you for a traffic break and signal before making the turn. In short, watch for left or right-turning traffic. In addition, ride your bike far enough from the curb to avoid unexpected incidences such as cars pulling out or opening car doors from parked cars.

Bicycle accidents can happen when you least expect them, even when observing the rules. At The Dinelli Law Firm, we ensure you get the best legal services in case of an accident and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our team to discuss your Albuquerque bicycle accident today.