Aspiring cyclists should use proper equipment and follow a few tips to ensure their safety.
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department requires cyclists to use:
a front head lamp with a white light visible from 500 feet, if operated after dusk.
a rear red reflector visible from 100 feet to 600 feet. In addition to the reflector, a red light may be used that is visible from 500 feet.
pedals with reflectors that are visible front and rear from 200 feet.
brakes that will skid the wheel on dry, level, clean pavement.
The department also suggests that cyclists remember to:
wear a properly fitting helmet approved by American National Standards Institute, American Society for Testing Materials or Snell Memorial Foundation.
ride defensively. Anticipate drivers' actions.
be visible. Wear bright clothing.
stay at least one car door length away from parked cars.
keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
shun headphones when riding. This can prevent cyclists from hearing traffic, trains or warnings.