In Chicago, an average of 60 people are injured or killed every day in traffic crashes; 12 of those people are biking or walking.
Ride predictably and visibly
By operating your bike according to the basic principles of traffic, motorists can see you more easily and accommodate you.
Find a riding companion—someone whose experience can be helpful. Visit Pace Ride Share at www.pacerideshare.com to find other bike commuters in the Chicago area!
Protect your head
Think of a helmet the same way you think of a seat belt. It won’t prevent a crash, but it could save your life if you’re ever in one. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that cyclists wearing helmets in a crash have a 69 percent reduction in their risk of head injury and a 75 percent reduction in their risk of brain injury.
Eyes, ears and mouth test:
Eyes: Adjust the helmet so that it sits level and the rim of the helmet (not the sun visor) is just in your field of vision when looking up. There should be about two fingers width between your eyebrows and the rim of the helmet.
Ears: Adjust the buckles on the side straps so that they form a “Y” with the junction directly below the earlobes.
Mouth: The straps should be buckled under the chin and the tension should be adjusted so that you can feel the helmet pull down when the mouth is opened wide.
What to carry while riding
Want to learn more? Active Trans members can sign up for our Safe Cycling Class for only $15 (nonmember fee is $50). You can also print out our Everyday Biking Guide.