One of the greatest resources for cycling safety and advocacy in Texas is BikeTexas.org.
Some points about riding safely in Brown County:
- Always check your bike before each ride. Brakes and shifters should be checked for functionality. Check your seat and handlebars for tightness. Be sure your tires are properly inflated and show no signs of damage.
- Wear a helmet. This is crucial to protecting your noggin in the event of an incident, however minor.
- Wear appropriate clothing to the conditions and what kind of cycling you are doing (road, mountain, commute, etc.).
- Ride WITH traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as is safe to ride, but take the lane if you need it. (See this link)
- Be predictable. You are sharing the road with motorists, so use proper hand signals where necessary and obey all signs and signals.
- Use lighting when appropriate. If riding solo or only with one or two others, at least one of you should have a flashing red light on the rear of the bike. If you ride at dusk or at night, you must have white lighting on the front and red on the rear per Texas State Law.