Many people enjoy riding a bicycle. It is a great way to get exercise and a way to get where you want to go. There are some important things to remember so that you can be safe on your bike.

  • It is best to ride “with traffic,” which means going the same direction as the traffic.
  • Ride in a straight line, don’t weave in and out of the traffic.
  • Obey all of the traffic signs and signals.
  • Obey the lane markings.
  • Yield to pedestrians—people who are walking or using wheelchairs.
  • Most of the time, you are not allowed to ride on the sidewalk.
  • If you are just learning to ride, go to a bike path and have an experienced rider help you learn.
  • Wear a helmet! One that fits properly, is not damaged, and is put on correctly.
  • Ride on the right side of the road or in the bike lane.
  • Use hand signals for turns.
  • If you are riding at night, use headlights, taillights, and reflectors. Wear reflective material on your clothes, and wear light and bright colored clothes.
  • Do not wear headphones or use your cell phone while riding your bike.
  • Watch out for trash, rocks and other objects that might be on the road.
  • Be extra careful when riding on wet road or icy roads.
  • Watch out for parked cars, cars with people getting in or out, and cars coming out of parking lots or driveways.
  • Watch for turning traffic anywhere that there is a street, alley, road, or parking lot.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or use drugs before riding your bike.