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The Rules of the Road

The Rules of the Road

SLUG: FX-BIKE DATE: 5/7/2004 PHOTOGRAPHER: Hyosub Shin/FTWP CAPTION: May is National Bike to Work Month, and hundreds of bicycling commuters from the Washington metropolitan region celebrate this clean transportaion. The Reston event is held at Reston Town Center pavilion under the auspices of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Washington Area Bicyclist Association. ++ The bicycle commuters are leaving to work after the Reston event. StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Fri May 7 12:32:05 2004 ORG XMIT: shinh 155248
SLUG: FX-BIKE DATE: 5/7/2004 PHOTOGRAPHER: Hyosub Shin/FTWP CAPTION: May is National Bike to Work Month, and hundreds of bicycling commuters from the Washington metropolitan region celebrate this clean transportaion. The Reston event is held at Reston Town Center pavilion under the auspices of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Washington Area Bicyclist Association. ++ The bicycle commuters are leaving to work after the Reston event. StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Fri May 7 12:32:05 2004 ORG XMIT: shinh 155248 (Photo By Hyosub Shin For The Washington Post)

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Cyclists everywhere in the United States are supposed to abide by the same traffic laws as drivers. To find out about all the D.C. bike laws (e.g., you must have a light at night, you are not allowed to ride on the sidewalks in certain areas) and learn bike safety tips (such as the safest way to make a left turn), go to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association Web site, http://www.waba.org.

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In Maryland, helmet laws are the same as in the District: If you are younger than 16, you must wear a helmet. In most jurisdictions in Northern Virginia, anyone younger than 15 must wear a helmet.

To recall the biking hand signals (not required by D.C. law) that you learned as a kid but might have forgotten, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_signals.


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