Biking for Beginners: 10 Tips to Ride Your Bicycle Safely in Traffic

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Riding in traffic, even slow traffic, is one of the scariest obstacles that many beginning riders have to overcome.  Thinking of being hit by a car while on your bike is enough to discourage many from even attempting to ride their bicycle in the city.

When I first started riding, I had visions of myself and my snazzy blue bike pinned under a bus every time I went out on the road.  I was constantly worried that I would get “doored,” a dog would run into my path, or I’d meet my death in some other horrible bike/car related way.

It took a while and a little perseverance, but I can finally ride the road comfortably and feeling safe and confident.  Following are a few tips that helped me learn to ride with traffic, and others that I learned along the way.

1.  Keep you bike in proper working order

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