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Safety Tips- Cycling

  • Ride with traffic on the right side of the road: cyclists are vehicles and follow the same rules as any other motor vehicle.
  • Obey traffic signs & signals: cyclists must drive like other vehicles if they are to be taken seriously by motorists.
  • See and be seen...Wear bright fluorescent colors during the day.
  • Get a rear light & a white headlight: 60% of bike collisions in Florida are caused by cyclists riding at night without lights
  • Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly.  Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself.
  • Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice or debris. Cross railroad tracks at right angles

Safety Tips- Hiking/Walking/Jogging

  • Don't wear headsets (iPods, Walkmans, etc.) while hiking, walking, or jogging.  Doing so can be distracting and lower your awareness of everything surrounding you.  Reserve the use of headsets for gym/indoor settings.
  • If possible, always use the buddy system! Have a family member or friend accompany you on your hike, walk, or jog in order to avoid being alone should an emergency happen to occur.  If someone isn't able to accompany you, tell them where you are headed.
  • Don’t become “predictable” in your walking, hiking or jogging route.  Develop routes within your area of familiarity and randomly use them as you exercise.
  • Bring along essential gear, especially when hiking.  Some necessary items are:

                    1. Basic First Aid Kit

                    2. Matches

                    3. Plenty of Water (**1 gallon= about 8 lbs of carry weight)

                    4. Toilet Paper

                    5. Flashlight

                    6. Compass

                          7. Hiking Maps (if necessary)
  • Take a cell phone and/or whistle with you.  These can be used to call for help if necessary.
  • Always walk or jog against traffic so you can better see what is coming.
  • Know the start and end points of the precise path that you are taking.




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