BICYCLE SAFETY ON THE ROAD IS YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY. AS A BICYCLIST YOU HAVE
THE SAME RIGHTS AND
RESPONSIBILITIES AS OTHER ROAD USERS. BE PREDICTABLE,
AND BE RESPONSIBLE.
1. Ride predictably, just as you
would if you were operating a motor vehicle. Blending in with the
normal traffic flow is the safest way to ride.
2. When available, ride on
the sidewalk. You must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian
sidewalk. When riding on the roadway, always ride on the right side of
the roadway, with the flow
3. Obey all traffic signs, signals,
and other traffic control devices.
4. Always yield to overtaking
traffic, then signal before turning or changing lanes.
5. Ride single file unless the law
and traffic conditions allow you to ride two abreast.
6. Yield to other vehicles and
pedestrians when traffic law requires that you do so.
7. Be highly visible. Wear light,
bright-colored clothing in daylight. At dusk and when it's dark,
sure to use a bright white headlight and a red rear reflector.
To make yourself even more visible
at night, use additional
reflectors on your bicycle (i.e., pedal reflectors), and consider
reflective material on your body. Lighted lights are the
8. ALWAYS look behind you before
turning or changing lanes. If you use a mirror, remember to
back too, since you might miss seeing an overtaking vehicle in
your mirror. It is your job to
see that the way is clear before
turning or changing lanes.
9. Maintain your bicycle regularly
so it is safe and dependable.
10. Carry all cargo on a rack, in
bike bags or in panniers. A backpack may also be used for light
loads, but make sure the straps are pulled tight so the bag
doesn't flop around while riding. DO
NOT hang packages off the
handlebars or carry them in your lap.
11. Choose your route carefully. If
possible, choose wider roads with less traffic and slower
Always choose roads that are within your skill level (training,
12. Give your full attention to
traffic and the road surface. Beware of such road hazards as
potholes, gravel, sewer grates and dogs.