About a year back, I had written to a friend, offering my two-cents-worth on city riding...
Although it's in no way comprehensive, I thought it might be of some relevance here too...
C2W - The What, How and Why
1) Safety Gear
a) Helmet: In addition to the obvious primary reason of protecting your head, a helmet also sends out a clear signal to drivers and pedestrians: "I'm a serious rider, so dont mess with me!" :-)
b) Rear light: Quite essential if you are riding back home in the dark.. Again, this is not just a safety precaution, but a stern statement: "I'm taking all precautions, because I'm serious about city riding... you'd better watch out!"
c) Headlight: Quite necessary for any kind of night riding
d) Bandolier (or jacket with flouroscent/reflector bands): Helps increase your visibility, post-dusk.
e) Rear-view mirrors: Only if you are sure you need them. (I prefer darting quick glances over my shoulders, as and when necessary... works fine for me...)
2) Safety Rules
a) Lane discipline: Stick to your lane; avoid zigzagging through moving traffic.
b) Hand signals: Give hand signals when changing lanes, turning, stopping... these simple things give other drivers enough advance warning of what you are doing, so they are better
prepared; at the same time, they respect you better for "following the
Yeah, there's a reason this one is in capitals :-) And that's because our attitude defines us as riders (and at a deeper level, as individuals - but that's psycho-babble territory, so let's not go there!). :-)
So go on: Own the road! That does not mean doing crazy stuff on the road like it's our pop's property... It means that we hold our ground, and dont get pushed around - neither physically not psychologically. I look at it this way: I have as much right to the road as a guy with a car/bike/truck/BEST bus, and I am sending out the right signals by riding safely and following the rules. So why let anyone get an advantage over me, even psychologically!!
One last thought... Ladies, you might face a bit more hassle on the road... especially a girl riding alone... and you know how some guys (and I’m talking about MCPs only) react to a lady, whether's riding or driving... :-) So project a lot of confidence, especially when you are riding alone...
That's it... Gyaan session over... :-) Time for me to get back on the saddle!
Ride safe. Have fun. :-)