This goes to all bikers out there, be them new or old. Every time you get on a bike, please go through the check-list below to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant cycling experience.
- Tires are properly inflated.
- The chain is properly oiled.
- Brakes are properly adjusted.
- Brake pads are not worn out.
- The night lights (white&red) are in your possession and are properly supplied with batteries.
- You are able to carry the lock without being inconvenienced.
- Your movement is not hampered by bags.
- (Optional, but important) You have adequate protection gear and night time signalling tools.
Also, while cycling, make sure to:
- Stay on the left side of the road. Do not take the middle of the lane if you are a slow biker!
- Always signal before attempting a turn.
- Do not overtake other bikers on the “inside” (i.e., between the biker and the pavement). This could startle them, with dire consequences for both of you, especially in high-traffic areas.
- Do not overtake someone while in a curve (this should be familiar to car drivers).
One final note – for those in need of assistance with their bikes, there is a bike shop very close to the College, on Mill Road. Prices should be reasonable for everyone.
I hope we will have an accident-free 2013/2014.