Get There Safe: Gear Up to Go Out

Rules of the Road and Safety Tips for Bicyclists
  •  Ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic. In the same space as a vehicle. This puts the cyclist where others expect to see them. Riding against or facing traffic is illegal and a common factor in many bicycle crashes. Riding beside traffic often causes cashes and confusion what bike and vehicles are doing when near each other.
  • Observe all traffic signs and signals. A bicycle is classified as a vehicle and is obligated to follow the same rules as other vehicles.
  •  Use hand signals before making a turn or stopping. Left arm out straight for a left turn, left arm out and bent up at the elbow for a right turn, and left arm out and bent down at the elbow for a stop. However its best to make eye contact with drivers when possible as many drivers do not know bike hand signals.
  • Use front and rear lights and reflectors at night or in low light.
  • Avoid the “door zone.” When riding beside parked cars, position your bike far enough to the left in the lane to avoid a suddenly opened car door.
  • Maintain a straight line along the right side of your lane. Weaving between parked cars and in and out of the lane may take you out of the view of following motorists. When possible use the bike lanes, but be aware many motorists may not be aware of rules of bike lanes so drive defensively.
  •  Look for hazards. Be aware of hazards around you, such as drainage grates with openings that could trap your wheel, cracks in the pavement, uneven road surfaces, broken glass, low hanging branches or other potential hazards. Do not wear earphones when riding.
  •  Be aware of the driveways and intersections. Many bicycle crashes occur at intersections or driveways when a motorist turns in front of a cyclist. Keep your eyes and ears on other traffic for signs that someone may make a turn in front of you.
  • Wear a helmet.. A bicycle helmet has been proven to provide head protection should a fall or crash occur.
  • Keep your bike maintained.. If you are unsure how to maintain your bike, take it to a bike shop. A well-maintained bike reduces the risk of crash.
Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used. For more on traffic safety, visit

Learn About the Collegiate Recovery Community

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at Central Piedmont Community College is a program for students who are in recovery from addictive disorders including alcohol, drugs and eating disorders. Students can engage with and seek support from students fighting the same battles as well as have access to supportive faculty and staff members on Central Campus. The program is designed to assist these students with any struggles they may have in maintaining sobriety while being a successful college student.  The CRC meets weekly on Wednesday at noon in Belk 5107.  In addition, the CRC has established a 12 Step Model Support Group meeting that meets Thursday at noon in Belk 5101.

For more information about the CRC contact Tony Beatty at or at 704.330.2722, extension 3481.

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Learn More About CPCC’s International Student Population

Authored by CPCC student Jason Rivers

Having lived in the United States for only a year and four months, international student Idriss Guindo says that the first time taking classes at CPCC was really hard.

Guindo, who plans on majoring in dentistry, attended and graduated from an institution in his home country in Africa, Les Castors.

Being a new student at the college, Guindo was hit with a lot of challenges.

“When going to a different country, you have to know about your objectives,” Guindo said.

The first objective was to learn English, and he learned very quickly by watching American TV shows, Guindo explained.  Learning the language also made it easier to adjust to taking online courses as well as taking tests and quizzes, he added.

The next objective was to make new friends. He was able to make that happen by meeting people in his English as a Foreign Language classes.

Now, Guindo, 19, has a part- time job working at the Victory Coffee Café located in the first floor of the library.

Guindo, like many international students, struggled to adjust to living in the United States.  Cultural barriers and money become problems for them when attending college for the first time.

Yangnan Emmet, an international student from China, attended and graduated from #5 High School in her home country. After finishing high school, Emmet worked in Shanghai for a year then came to the United States.

The first time Emmet moved to the U.S. and took classes at CPCC, she found it difficult to start conversations with the locals.After spending more time with the local people in Charlotte, it was easier to talk to her classmates, Emmet explained.

Yang Xu, another international student from China, finished her education at #16 High School.  She also attended the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts and majored in dance.

When Xu first had to interact with her fellow EFL classmates, she learned through a series of body language and hand gestures.  For example, if a classmate asked her if she drove a car, they would motion their hands as if turning a steering wheel, Xu explained.

Clubs and organizations such as the International Student Association provide comfort for international students, said Elizabeth Bazin, director of International Programs. For example, for students who are Muslim and follow the Islamic faith, the program supplies prayer mats for them.

Every other Thursday, the International Student Association hosts an international coffee where students from all parts of the world can socialize while eating snacks and drinking coffee.

Guindo misses his family, but his EFL teachers try to get the classmates to be together like a family.

Guindo explains that back home in Africa, all of the classmates were treated like family.