In many states, bicycles are considered vehicles and cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to follow the traffic rules of streets and highways as other drivers. If you like to pedal through the streets to walk, go to work or for any other reason, there are rules of circulation that you should know:
1. Follow vehicular traffic. Travel on the right side in the same direction as the other vehicles. Drive in the same direction, and not in the opposite direction.
2. Obey all traffic rules. A bicycle is a vehicle and you are the driver. When driving your bicycle on the street, obey all road signs, signs and lanes.
3. Give way to traffic when appropriate. Almost always, drivers on smaller streets or roads must yield to traffic on busy or wider streets or roads. If there is not a stop sign or a traffic light, and it comes from a smaller street (for example, you leave the parking lot of your house, the sidewalk, a bike path, etc.), you have to slow down and observe if the path is clear before continuing.
This also means giving way to pedestrians who are already walking through the junction destined for it.
4. Be predictable. Always follow a straight line, and do not cross in a “zigzag” way between vehicles. Point with your arms so that others anticipate your movements.
5. Pay attention at all times. Use your eyes and ears. Pay attention to hollow bumps, cracks, wet leaves, sewage, train tracks, dogs or anything else that could cause you to lose control of your bike. Do not wear headphones when riding a bicycle, as you need your ears to listen to traffic and avoid dangerous situations.
6. Look before turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you to make sure nobody comes, and then point with your arm before turning. Be careful with the vehicles that are going to turn.
7. Pay attention to parked vehicles. Travel far enough from the sidewalk to avoid surprises that come from parked vehicles (for example, opening doors or vehicles entering the road).