Today is the start of the Mayor’s Car Free Challenge, an effort to encourage people to ditch change their habits and carpool, walk, bike, or take public transportation to and from their destinations.  The idea is to show people how it is possible to save money, curb obesity, and create a more sustainable society for the environment.  The focus of this year’s Car Free Challenge in on safety and the annual kick off at the River Market included a safety fair.  To keep with the theme I have provided some safety tips from the League of American Bicyclists on some traffic principles like lane usage.  I hope everyone stays safe this week while showing Little Rock’s progress towards a less car dependent society.

Ride on the Right

  • Always ride with the flow of traffic
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk
  • Allow yourself room to maneuver around  hazards

Yield to traffic in busier lanes

  • Roads with higher traffic volumes should be given right-of-way
  • Always use signals to indicate your intentions to move position
  • Look behind you to indicate your desire to move and to make sure that you can

Yield to traffic in destination lane

  • Traffic in your destination lane has the right-of-way
  • Making eye contact with drivers lets them know that you see them
  • Signal and make your lane change early, before you need to

Directional Positioning

  • Position yourself in the right-most lane that goes in the direction of your destination
  • Ride in the right third of the lane
  • Avoid being overtaken in narrow-lane situations by riding in the middle of the lane

Speed Positioning

  • Position yourself relative to the speed of other traffic
  • Left-most lane is for fastest moving traffic, right-most for slower traffic
  • Yield to faster moving vehicles by staying to the right in the lane