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Did You Know?

Roughly every three days, one person biking or walking is killed by someone driving a car in the Chicago region.

Get Ready to Ride

Make your riding easier and safer by following these tips.

Turn on the lights

  • When the sun sets, use front and rear lights.
  • Use a red flashing light in the rear and white light in front. Don’t skip the front light: It will make you more visible to oncoming traffic.

 

Carry loads on the bike

  • Rear bike racks allow you to carry loads on the bike rather than on you, keeping you cooler and more stable.
  • Attach a simple milk crate to the rack to use as a basket or upgrade to a set of panniers (saddle bags).

 

Stay clean

  • Fenders on the bike reduce the amount of dirt and water thrown up by your tires onto your clothing.
  • A chain guard protects your pants from damage and grease from the chain.

 

Want to learn more? Feel free to print out our Everyday Biking Guide.