Before You Ride
Biking in Holland is a fun, healthy, and family-friendly way to get around the City! Here are some basics to keep in mind before you hit the road.
Air: Be sure you have enough air in your tires
Brakes: Look to see that your brake pads are not worn
Chain and Cranks: Pull on your cranks to see that they are not loose and look to see that the chain is not rusted and it is free of gunk
Quick Release: Make sure all quick releases are closed
Check: Take a slow brief ride to check that your bike is working properly
What to Wear
Your helmet should have a snug fit and should sit parallel to the ground when riding. Wearing a helmet is a simple step to ensure your safety when riding.
Everyday clothing is perfect for day-to-day riding; however, it is important to be visible. Wearing additional items such as reflective vests or bright colors is a smart way to ensure motorists, pedestrians, and other cyclists can see you.
When biking for fun or as part of your daily commute be sure to plan ahead and be prepared for adverse weather conditions. Rain or shine, hot or cold, be sure to dress accordingly.
Biking around the City does not require a huge investment or a new wardrobe. With the purchase of basic safety gear you are ready to hit the road!
By following these simple tips you'll ensure your ride is both safe and enjoyable!
1. Follow the law
Your safety and the image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
2. Be predictable
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
3. Be conspicuous
Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.
4. Think ahead
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
5. Ride ready
Check that your tires are sufficiently inflated, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.