Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Program ending December 2016

Bike Safety Tips

This section provides some basic safety tips that if followed, will provide you with a safe and enjoyable biking experience.
  • ​Avoiding just 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year!
  • ​Wear bright or reflective clothing when you are riding during the day or night. Make yourself as visible as possible.
  • ​Always ride with your hands on the handlebars.
  • ​Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Control your bicycle.
  • ​Do not carry anyone else on the bicycle. You are endangering your life and their life.
  • ​If you are riding with a group of people, make sure that you stay on the right side of the road or trail in a single file line.
  • ​Use a bicycle bell to alert pedestrians that you are passing (if you are riding on a trail or sidewalk).
  • ​Obey traffic signs and signals. A bike is a vehicle too!
  • ​Always use proper hand signals when turning and stopping.
  • ​Ride in the same direction as other vehicles. Stay to the right hand side of the road as much as possible.
  • ​Make sure your helmet fits your head properly. Y straps should come right below your ears, the chin strap should be snug, and the helmet should not wiggle when you shake your head.
  • ​Use your bike for short trips.
  • ​Cycling as little as 20 miles a week can cut your risk of heart disease by more than half.
  • ​When riding at dusk or in the dark, be sure to use reflectors, a headlight, and a taillight.
  • ​Keep your bike well-maintained. Check tires, wheels, lights, brakes, and handlebars before each ride.
  • ​Look both ways for oncoming vehicles before turning or crossing a street. Go only when it is clear.
  • ​Look for children, car doors opening unexpectedly, and cars exiting driveways.
  • ​Almost 70 percent of all bicycle fatalities involve head injuries, yet only about one in four bike riders wear helmets. Always wear a helmet that complies with the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.