Station 6: Scanning to the Rear
This station emphasizes a critically important skill: looking behind for traffic while biking. Many
cyclists have trouble looking back without weaving. Some studies suggest that this causes many
of the crashes in which a cyclist turns left unexpectedly into the traffic lane. This is an important
lesson for riders of any age.
1. Demonstrate proper and appropriate control of bike while looking to the rear.
2. Identify colors or letters on card correctly.
- Explain the proper way to scan to the rear while riding. The rider should assess the environment.
When it is safe to scan, the bicyclist should turn his/her head to the left, looking over the left
shoulder, while maintaining control of the bike. Because of varying road conditions and
situations, this skill is important to learn and do well. Participants should be encouraged to
practice this skill often.
- Cyclists will ride between narrow straight lines. A volunteer holds a card with a letter or number
on it and stands behind the rider. As the rider begins to ride between the lines, the volunteer calls
out the rider's name. The rider looks to the rear and identifies the card. If possible, do this several