Let's ride!

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a huge increase in bicycle sales in Maine, so much in fact that there is a shortage of bikes due to the overwhelming demand. Across the country, bicycle sales have seen a major spike in the last few months. If you are bored and want to get outdoors and enjoy all the scenic beauty of Maine, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine & The Maine DOT have put together a series of videos that will help you be safe and ready to go when you hit the road.

Wearing your helmet correctly is video one. Put it on so it’s level and snug, if it slides around, you need to insert thicker pads.You should see the very edge of your helmet when you look up past your eyebrows. When it come to your ears, the straps should meet right under your ear lobes to form a Y. Keep in mind, it’s the law in Maine to wear a helmet correctly if you are under 16.

Safety is video number two. Wear light or bright colored clothing so you can be seen. You’re your shoelaces, strings or cords so they don’t dangle, they could easliy get caught in the moving parts of your bike. Loose or baggy clothing can be a problem! Try to wear snug clothes, and avoid wearing headphones. And as you can imagine, flip flops are a big no no!

A bike check is video number three. Pinch your tires, they should be hard. Make sure your brakes work and aren’t rubbing against the tire. If there are problems with your gears or if the chain is loose, take your bike to a shop. Check your release levers and other bolts to make sure they are tight.

And finally when you are out on the roads, stay on the right side of the roadway with traffic. Use hand signals when turning or stopping. -Ride single file. -Obey traffic signs, signals, and laws .Look back and signal before turning. Yield to people walking. Use lights if riding at night . Always stop at the end of your driveway — look left, right, then left again before entering the road. All these tips will ensure a safe and fun ride!