Bicycling Safety

Bike Safety

Follow these basic bicycling guidelines for a safe ride:

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Always make sure others can see you. Wear bright clothing during the daytime and use a light, reflectors and reflective clothing when it’s dark.
  • Keep your bike properly maintained and inspect your bike regularly.
  • Carry a basic safety tool kit, including tire patch materials, tire pump and first aid items.
  • Ride defensively.
  • Obey traffic laws: stop at stop signs and red lights. Use proper hand signals when turning.
  • Ride with the traffic flow. Always ride to the right unless you are passing another vehicle or turning left.
  • Do not ride on sidewalks.
  • Walk your bike when crossing the street.
  • Keep a safe distance from parked cars and watch for car doors that may open. Do not weave between parked cars.
  • When raining, the road is slick, so allow extra time to stop.
  • Be alert for road hazards.

For additional Bicycling Safety information, visit Street Smarts.