Tips

Riders:

  • Be alert and prepare for your ride.
  • Always wear a helmet and bright, reflective clothing. Use bike lights at night.
  • Plan your route ahead of time. Long commute? Bring your bike on the bus or light rail.
  • Make sure your bike is in safe, working order. Regularly check your chains, tires, brakes and lights.
  • Carry a basic bicycle repair kit and learn about bike tuning.
  • Be considerate of others on the road, path and trail. Give an audible signal when passing pedestrians.
  • Make eye contact with drivers when crossing intersections and use hand signals when turning.
  • Register your bike and learn your city and county’s local biking ordinances.
  • Learn how to lock up your bike securely.

Drivers

  • Be alert and considerate when sharing the road.
  • Remember that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.
  • Know your weight advantage. A car can weigh two tons or more, while the average bike, with rider, is about 180 pounds.
  • Obey speed limits and other road rules.
  • Signal your turns and watch for hand signals from cyclists.
  • Check before you exit your car to avoid hitting a cyclist with your door.

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