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Safety Tips

For Bicyclists

  • Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.
  • Wearing a bicycle helmet is strongly recommended.
  • Ride a bicycle on the right side of the road in the same direction as other traffic (bicycles riding on bike lanes on one-way streets must ride only in the same direction as traffic).
  • Use hand signals to communicate your actions to motor vehicles.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalk.
  • Be predictable - ride in a straight line, make eye contact with motorists and use hand signals.
  • Anticipate conflicts by being extra alert at all times.
  • At night, a bicycle must have a white light visible from the front and a red reflector or light visible from the rear; wear retro-reflective clothing when possible.

For Motorists Concerning Bicyclists

  • Share the road with bicyclists.
  • Remember: Bicyclists have the same rights, rules and responsibilities as all other road users.
  • Pass a bicyclist only when it is safe giving ample room (3' minimum) and when there is no danger from oncoming traffic.
  • Look for bicyclists. You must develop your eye-scanning patterns to include cyclists.
  • Before opening the door of your parked car, checking behind for cyclists.
  • Do not drive in or double-park in bike lanes.