Last week, we announced that the Bike KIND-ly program—during which our bike ambassadors hand out Kind bars stickered with a helpful tip about bike etiquette—is back on for 2014.
On a monthly basis, the ambassadors selected a different location and crafted a message to distribute to cyclists riding near it. Individual snack bars were adorned with a short reminder to share the road, yield to pedestrians on sidewalks, basic bike-lane etiquette, and to ride lawfully. Read the full list of last year’s Bike KIND-ly tips below:
- Don’t be a bike ninja! Position yourself to be seen, and be visible with bright bike lights, bright colors and reflectivity.
- Avoid bicycling on the sidewalks! You’re safest when you ride on the road and go with the flow.
- Be extremely KIND to your fellow trail users. When passing slow down, ring your bell, give an audible warning, pass on their left.
- Communicate lane changes and turns to drivers with hand signals, eye contact, and your positioning on the road.
- Show respect for fellow road users. Yield to pedestrians in x-walks and follow traffic laws.
- Tune into your surroundings, not mobile devices. Don’t text or make phone calls by bike.
- First in, first out. Wait behind cyclists already stopped at lights. Don’t crowd beside or blow through without warning.
- Thanks for Stopping By. Obey traffic signs to help prevents injuries and improve bicyclists’ image. Be a Roll Model!
- Claim the lane! A cyclist is entitled to the road, take what is yours! Riding in the middle of the lane makes you more visible to drivers.
And here’s a list of Bike KIND-ly locations:
- Columbia Heights Metro station
- Met Branch Trail
- 15th Street cycletrack and M Street NW
- R Street and New Jersey Avenue NW
- East Capitol and 4th streets NE
- 11th and W streets NW
- 11th Street Bridge SE
- 16th and U streets NW
- Kansas and 5th streets NW
Have a suggestion for the next Bike KIND-ly location or message? Let us know! Email the D.C. Bike Ambassadors at firstname.lastname@example.org.