As the copyright holder for the work Effective Cycling I allow the use of the five rules of traffic cycling, as written below, for non-profit use to encourage safe cycling, provided that the use carries credit: "Excerpted from the book Effective Cycling by John Forester, published by the M.I.T. Press. Copyright John Forester."

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The Five Rules for Traffic Cycling
(Or Driving)

  1. Drive on the right side of the road, never on the left and never on the sidewalk.

  2. When you reach a more important or larger road than the one you are on, yield to crossing traffic. Here, yielding means looking to each side and waiting until no traffic is coming.

  3. When you intend to change lanes or to move laterally on the roadway, yield to traffic in the new lane or line of travel. Here, yielding means looking forward and backward until you see that no traffic is coming.

  4. When approaching an intersection, position yourself with respect to your destination direction -- on the right near the curb if you want to turn right, on the left near the centerline if you want to turn left, and between those positions if you want to go straight.

  5. Between intersections position yourself according to your speed relative to other traffic; slower traffic is nearer the curb and faster traffic is near the centerline.

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