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Helmet

Wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to protect yourself from head injuries when riding a bicycle. It is important that adults, and children, wear a properly fitted helmet each, and every time they ride a bicycle.

For a comprehensive list of helmet sizes according to manufacturers, visit the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (BHSI) website.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Bike

Ensuring your bike is in proper working order, and performing routine maintenance, are important steps in being a safe cyclist. Before hitting the road, or the trail, you should always perform this simple check:

  1. AIR: Check tire pressure. Look for damage to the sidewalls.
  2. BRAKES: Check pad wear and adjustment, cable and housing, brake release and brake function.
  3. CRANKS, CHAIN and CASSETTE: Check cranks, chain and cassette.
  4. QUICK RELEASE: Check quick release levers which hold the wheels to the bicycle.
  5. FINAL CHECKOUT RIDE: Take a short ride to check that brakes work and that the bicycle shifts properly and listen for rattles.

 

Lights and Reflective Clothing

As a bicyclist, you need to ensure that you are visible to vehicles, pedestrians and others when riding. According to Boise City Code, "When in use at nighttime, a red reflector on the rear visible from a distance of three hundred feet (300') when directly in front of lawful upper beams of a motor vehicle, and a forward-facing white light attached either to the bicycle, E-bike or the operator that is visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet (500') in front of the bicycle or an E-bike. A bicycle or and E-bike shall be equipped with a front-facing white or yellow reflector when the operator uses a generator powered light that is unlit when the bicycle or the E-bike is stopped." (Read the full City Code)


Lock

It is important to remember to lock your bike.  We suggest using a U-Lock instead of a cable lock.

Methods

  1. Use the U-lock to lock the frame and tire to the bike rack.
  2. Secure the quick release front wheel alongside the frame and rear wheel.