1. Plan ahead If you are familiar with the traffic patterns, be sure to get in the correct position early Keep in mind the relative speed between you and other traffic; plan accordingly Be aware of road conditions that would impede your progress across lanes 2. Scan Look for traffic, pedestrians and hazards in front of you and behind Identify lane markings and traffic control devices affecting the next intersection Note bus stops, driveways, crosswalks and other special traffic zones 3. Signal Signal your intention to turn or change lanes if your speed is near other traffic Signaling may not be necessary if overtaking traffic speeds won't allow time to see it Signal only if you think that oncoming traffic can react safely 4. Act Relative speed may require you to move quickly and decisively when it's safe to do so In high-speed overtaking-traffic situations, cross all lanes at once when safe Move after signaling in low- and same-speed traffic situations 5. Improvise If you get caught between lanes while crossing traffic, ride the white line until clear Your safety is paramount while changing lanes; if traffic is too heavy, use crosswalks Ride to the red light then move to the left turn lane if volume and speed do not allow crossingTip courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists (bikeleague.org).