Safely Riding on Michigan Roads

Riding your bike in a state based around the car industry can be intimidating at first.  Many people are not aware that it is actually legal to bike on roads, yes, even here in Detroit.  During January’s workshare we discussed tips and laws pertaining to safely riding your bike on Michigan roads.  We’ll recap here with some important key points, followed by resources for more information.

  • WEAR A HELMET!
  • Follow traffic rules.
  • Use lights and reflective items.
  • Use hand signals when turning.

Know your rights: A very quick and easy read of Michigan Vehicle Code Pertaining to Bicyclists.  The League of Michigan Bicyclists has also put together a guide that you can download or request a hard copy for free.

We also provided this handy tiny zine with key points for safely biking on Michigan roads:

Still a bit nervous about biking on roads? Remember to know your route, figure out a path that is safe and easy to ride.  If you are familiar with your path you can enjoy your ride more, pay attention to traffic, know when your turn is coming up and overall you will be more confident with biking.

Biking on the roads doesn’t have to be scary, just be aware and don’t let angry drivers get you down. Keep your cool and stay focused. If you are in an accident be sure to record all of the information (driver’s name, address, phone number, license plate & ID number, description of accident) and contact the police to report the accident.  Even if you don’t think you are seriously injured, it’s still important to do all of this.  Often times you will feel more sore the next day or notice injuries to yourself or your bike that you didn’t notice at the time of the accident.

Bike with a friend! Biking with someone else can make the ride much more enjoyable and you can feel more confident.  Plus legally you can ride two abreast (read the laws in the link above!) on the road.  Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to set up an arrangement to bike with someone to become more familiar with biking on the roads. We’d love to help and we always love biking with a friend.  We also plan to arrange a Womyn, Trans & Genderqueer group ride in the near future.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, as always, please contact us.

Bike safe!

-Vanessa

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