Saint Francis Health System is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle to all individuals capable of participating in physical activity. Please consult with a physician before riding a Tulsa Townies bicycle if you have serious health conditions such as high risk pregnancy, high blood pressure, heart disease or other heart problems, epilepsy, dizzy spells or black outs, muscle atrophy, vision impairment, are taking medications that may impact your sense of balance or if you have recently undergone surgery.

Bicycle Safety Checks

Routine maintenance is performed on a regular basis for signs of damage and general wear and tear. However, before renting a Tulsa Townie bicycle, it is the rider’s responsibility to perform an overall safety check before riding a specific bike. Make sure to look over the bicycles and check for overall appearance before riding.

Bicycle Riding Safety

Riding a bicycle and driving an automobile are very similar. Individuals must be cautious of pedestrians, other vehicles and other bike riders to insure safety. Please review the general safety tips below to insure you are following the necessary safety precautions when operating a bicycle.

Always wear a helmet. Research shows that by wearing a helmet you can decrease the risk of head injury if involved in an accident by up to 60 percent.

Make yourself visible. Visibility is a key element in safety when riding a bicycle, especially when riding at night. Be sure to wear brightly colored clothing during the day and light colored clothing at night. Tulsa Townies bicycles are equipped with reflectors to enhance visibility at dusk. Tulsa Townies bicycles are not equipped with headlights for night riding and should not be ridden after dark.

Dress for the weather. Remember to dress appropriately in case of inclement weather or temperature variations. Try wearing several layers of clothing so you may adapt accordingly.

Drink lots of water. Don’t forget to hydrate yourself on a regular basis. Riders may choose to carry water bottles with them or frequent the park’s water fountains.

Obey Traffic Signs and Signals. Riders are encouraged to ride on designated bicycle sidewalks or trails. If it is necessary to ride on the road, remember to ride on the correct side of the road – traveling with traffic just as you would in a car.

Use Hand Signals. Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Using signals is not only a courtesy, it is as a matter of obeying the law and ensuring self-protection.

Be Ready to Brake at Any Time. It is important to remember to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Pay attention to pedestrians and other bike riders to avoid collision or accidents and make sure you know how to use the brake-locking feature on the bicycle. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since breaks are less efficient when wet.