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.
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:
- AIR: Check tire pressure. Look for damage to the sidewalls.
- BRAKES: Check pad wear and adjustment, cable and housing, brake release and brake function.
- CRANKS, CHAIN and CASSETTE: Check cranks, chain and cassette.
- QUICK RELEASE: Check quick release levers which hold the wheels to the bicycle.
- 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)
It is important to remember to lock your bike. We suggest using a U-Lock instead of a cable lock.
- Use the U-lock to lock the frame and tire to the bike rack.
- Secure the quick release front wheel alongside the frame and rear wheel.