Bicycling As Transportation


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  •   Bicycling as Transportation: This course will cover the basic knowledge and skills that are essential to using your bike as a form of transportation. Topics covered will include; how to do a quick maintenance check, choosing a route, the Rules of the Road, general bicycle safety, turn signals, proper lane positioning when riding in traffic, locking your bike, essential commuting gear and putting your bike on the bus or train. Riders of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.
  • Other items you may want to carry with you: Rain Gear Leg Strap Suit Pannier Gloves Bell
  • Bicycling As Transportation

    1. 1. Photos courtesy of Biking and Walking for Transportation Downtown Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization/ Commuter Connection in partnership with the Bike Walk Ambassadors
    2. 2. Topics <ul><ul><ul><li>ABC Quick Check </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing a Route </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rules of the Road </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Safety First </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Turn Signals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lane Positioning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Locking your Bike </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Essential Commuting Gear </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Putting your Bike on the Bus/Train </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Quick Release Levers : Make sure they are secure Air : Check tires for inflation Brakes : Check that brakes are working well Chain, Chainrings, Cassette, Cranks : Check for proper lubrication, no loose pieces and smooth movement ABC Quick Check
    4. 4. Choosing a Route <ul><li>Cyclopath ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Hennepin County Bike Map </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>City of Minneapolis Biking and Walking website ( and ) </li></ul><ul><li>Commuter Connection </li></ul><ul><li>Call 612-370-3987 ext 205 to make an appointment </li></ul><ul><li>Try your route on the weekend </li></ul>
    5. 5. Rules of the Road &quot;Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.&quot;
    6. 6. A truck ran over this guy’s head! Seriously! (Fortunately, he was wearing a helmet – probably worth replacing this one.) Safety First <ul><li>The 5 Layers of Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Control your bike </li></ul><ul><li>Know (and follow) the rules of the road </li></ul><ul><li>Ride in the smartest (and safest) lane position </li></ul><ul><li>Manage hazards skillfully (potholes, rocks, slick surfaces) </li></ul><ul><li>Passive protection – helmets, gloves, eyewear </li></ul>
    7. 7. Turn Signals Eye contact: Remember even though you may make eye contact with a motorist that does not mean they see you. Use multiple signaling methods when riding to ensure safety. Pointing: Clearly indicate to motorist where you intend to ride by pointing. You may use this method instead of using hand signals in certain situations. Scanning: Before changing course or taking a turn look over your shoulder. This is a good way to assess the traffic situation and indicate your intentions to motorists behind you. Safety Quick Tips & Other Signals
    8. 8. Lane Positioning Generally speaking, as a bicyclist, you should be in the right-most lane that goes in the direction you are traveling. <ul><li>As a bicyclist, though, you also have three positions within the lane to choose from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the right third </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the left third </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Lane Positioning Basic Maneuvers
    10. 10. Lane Positioning Riding in a Wide Lane
    11. 11. Lane Positioning Riding in a Narrow Lane Taking the Road
    12. 12. Lane Positioning Left Turn Right Turn
    13. 13. Lane Positioning Left Turn Lane
    14. 14. Lane Positioning Overtaking & Parked Cars Avoiding the “Door Zone” Remember: Although car door crashes are rare, they are one of the easiest crashes to prevent.
    15. 15. Lane Positioning Changing Lanes <ul><li>Scan behind you </li></ul><ul><li>Signal </li></ul><ul><li>Always make two movements per lane </li></ul>
    16. 16. Locking your Bike Locking Quick Tips <ul><li>ALWAYS lock your bike! </li></ul><ul><li>Take with you any easily-removed accessories and components such as pumps, cycle computers, lights, seat bags, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark your bicycle so that you can easily prove it’s yours. You can also register your bike at . </li></ul><ul><li>Use at a minimum a U-Lock </li></ul><ul><li>Lock both tires and frame when possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Check with your building manager, building concierge or employer to determine if secured bike storage is available in the building. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Locking your Bike Locking Techniques Using a Cable Lock & U-Lock Using a U-Lock
    18. 18. Locking your Bike Bike Parking Rules
    19. 19. Essential Commuting Gear Fenders Front and Rear Lights Helmet Reflectors Rear Rack & Pannier or Backpack Chainguard Lock
    20. 20. Putting your Bike on the Bus/Train <ul><li>All regional buses and trains have bike racks </li></ul><ul><li>If you are worried about hygiene put your bike on the bus/train in the morning and bike home in the evening </li></ul><ul><li>All bus/train bike racks have printed instruction on them </li></ul>Bus LRT Northstar
    21. 21. Questions, Comments, Concerns Andrew Rankin Commuter Connection US Bank Plaza Skyway 220 S 6 th St 612-370-3987 ext. 205 [email_address]