Bike Safety Information

Safety measures that make a difference

Hopping on a bicycle and riding off to class may be the easiest thing you'll do all day. Getting safely to your destination is mostly common sense, but this list of safety tips may be a good reminder.

  • Be prepared for your ride. When you saddle up and ride, concentrate on the circumstances around you. Be prepared to brake, swerve or speed up, as necessary. Especially watch for opening car doors.
  • Plan your route in advance. Choose quieter streets, or one with bike lanes, when ever possible.
  • Let's face it. Your head is about as protective as an eggshell. Get a helmet and wear it. Nowadays they are stylish and smart.
  • At intersections make eye contact with drivers. Get a clear idea on who is going first. The same proactive behavior goes for pedestrians - whenever they approach to street - they may only be looking for a car or truck. Or, they may be thinking about the exam they'll be taking.

Safety Do's and Don'ts

Accidents involving bicycles are increasing. Major streets are the most dangerous, and the peak traffic hours, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., are the most hazardous for cyclists. Try to avoid busy streets as much as possible.

Do's:

  1. Ride with traffic. Keep to the right of the road.
  2. Obey all traffic regulations.
  3. Use correct hand signals for turning and stopping.
  4. Stop and look both ways to make sure sidewalks or streets are clear before entering.
  5. Walk your bike across busy streets at corners or use the crosswalk.
  6. Be visible: use proper headlights, a reflector or red taillight (flashing is best), and reflective clothing when riding at night. (NOTE: law does require adequate lighting.)
  7. Use a luggage carrier or basket for carrying large packages.
  8. Wear a helmet.

Don'ts: The following are dangerous

  1. Zigzagging, racing or stunt riding in traffic.
  2. Hitching rides on trucks or cars.
  3. Riding double rather than in single file.
  4. Riding against traffic.
  5. Riding too closely to cars and trucks.
  6. Carrying large packages that might get in your way.
  7. Wearing dark clothing at night.