Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Program ending December 2016

Adults Bike Safety

All road users are encouraged, including motorists and bicyclists, to respect each other in order to enhance transportation safety. Bicycles are, by law, vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Here are some bike safety tips:
  • ​Obey traffic signs and signals - Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles.
  • ​Never ride against traffic - Motorists aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. State law and common sense require that bicyclists drive like other vehicles.
  • ​Follow lane markings - Don't turn left from the right lane. Don't go straight in a lane marked “right-turn only.”
  • ​Don’t pass on the right - Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.
  • ​Scan the road behind you - Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders use rear-view mirrors.
  • ​Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones - Always wear a helmet. Never wear headphones while riding a bike.
  • ​Dress for the weather - Wear bright colored clothing and plan for changing temperatures.
  • ​Use hand signals and make eye contact with drivers - Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection and it is safer to be seen by drivers.
  • ​Take a Bike Commuting 101 class to help you learn proper riding skills.