This image was captured in November, 2012, by Chinese Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) resident, Dr. Xu Ye-qing, as she was taking snapshots of roadways in, and around, Tienanmen Square, inside China’s capital city of Beijing. The scene took place on Meishi Street. Data collected by Dr. Ye-qing was used in an investigation involving the risk factors of bikeways shared with motor vehicles on main roads in Tienanmen Square. For more on bicycle safety, or the FETP, see the links below.
When bicycling either in urban, or rural area, practice the following safety measures:
- Dress appropriately. Wear brightly colored, close-fitting clothing. Tie your shoes and secure long laces and loose pant legs. Do not wear headphones.
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet.
- Ride a bicycle that fits. When seated on the bicycle, both feet should be firmly planted on the ground and hands should reach the handlebars.
- Do not carry anyone else on the bicycle. A bicycle with one seat is a bicycle for one person.
- If riding when it is dark, use headlights, taillights and reflectors, and wear bright clothing with reflective material.
- Follow all traffic laws, including:
- If riding in the street, ride in the same direction as motor vehicles, on the right hand side of the street, about two or three feet from the edge.
- Use hand signals when turning and stopping.
- Obey traffic signs and signals.