Live an active lifestyle in the River Valley.

Safety

Cycling and pedestrian activities are rewarding and healthy, but are not without significant safety risks.  Knowing the risks and safety measures associated with your chosen activity is the best way to prevent accidents and thus injuries or even death.  It is important that ALL members of the community familiarize themselves with the rules and courtesies that make cycling, hiking, running, and walking a safe and enjoyable activity in our region.


Below are links to websites and publications that address safety issues associated with cycling and pedestrian activities.  Young or old, novice or experienced, a review of this information will benefit everyone who leads an active lifestyle in the River Valley region.

Safety Publications, Links, and Resources

Georgia Bikes Sense Guide

Georgia Bike Sense Guide for Bicyclists

This Georgia Bike Sense serves as a guide to help both motorists and cyclists safely share the road and to help cyclists of all ages and skill levels better understand how to ride safely and legally on trails and roads in Georgia.  

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Georgia Law on Bicycles

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Read up on Georgia law on bicycles along with updates and recent legislation. Tips and tools for bicyclists and  informational links about bicycle and pedestrian safety.  

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Bicyclist Pocket Guide

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The Bicyclist Pocket Guide is produced and published by Georgia Bikes, Inc., a nonprofit organization promoting bicycling and working to improve bicycling conditions throughout Georgia. 

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Cycling Safety Tips

  • Ride with traffic on the right side of the road: cyclists are vehicles and follow the same rules as any other motor vehicle.
  • Obey traffic signs & signals: cyclists must drive like other vehicles if they are to be taken seriously by motorists.
  • See and be seen...Wear bright fluorescent colors during the day.
  • Get a rear light & a white headlight: 60% of bike collisions in Florida are caused by cyclists riding at night without lights
  • Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly.  Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself.
  • Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice or debris. Cross railroad tracks at right angles

How to properly wear a bike helmet.

How to properly wear a bike helmet.

Hiking, Walking, and Jogging Safety tips

  • Don't wear headsets (iPods, Walkmans, etc.) while hiking, walking, or jogging.  Doing so can be distracting and lower your awareness of everything surrounding you.  Reserve the use of headsets for gym/indoor settings.
  • If possible, always use the buddy system! Have a family member or friend accompany you on your hike, walk, or jog in order to avoid being alone should an emergency happen to occur.  If someone isn't able to accompany you, tell them where you are headed.
  • Don’t become “predictable” in your walking, hiking or jogging route.  Develop routes within your area of familiarity and randomly use them as you exercise.
  • Bring along essential gear, especially when hiking.  Some necessary items are:

                          1. Basic First Aid Kit

                         2. Matches

                         3. Plenty of Water (**1 gallon= about 8 lbs of carry weight)

                         4. Toilet Paper

                         5. Flashlight

                         6. Compass

                         7. Hiking Maps (if necessary)

  • Take a cell phone and/or whistle with you.  These can be used to call for help if necessary.
  • Always walk or jog against traffic so you can better see what is coming.
  • Know the start and end points of the precise path that you are taking.

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