Biking is a great form of exercise that is low-impact on your joints and muscles. Also, its a great (free) way to get out of town to pick up groceries! Watertown is fortunate to have off street options that include the Charles River Path and Watertown Greenway.
To learn more about biking in Watertown visit the Bike + Pedestrian Committee website.
Four Basic Safety Tips
- Maintain control of your bicycle.
- Protect yourself – reduce the risk of a head injury by always wearing a helmet.
- Be visible, alert, and communicate your intentions.
- Ride with traffic.
- Wear bright/light colors
- Wear a helmet, and make sure it’s fitted to your head
- Use proper bike hand signals for turning
- Use your bell or be vocal (but be nice!)
- Keep your eyes on the road to avoid hazards
- Ride with traffic on the road
- Obey traffic signs and signals
- Watch out for cars parallel parking
- Make sure your bike is in good working order (e.g. functional brakes, etc)
- Wear lights at night – its the law
- DON’T make assumptions about drivers
- Watch out for other cyclists and other runners
- DO carry identification with you
- Have a plan, and a backup plan
- Know where you are going, or bring a map
- Carry a cell phone or change for a phone call
- Let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back