Bicyclists must always ride with traffic, use proper hand signals and obey all safety and road signs. Here are some other important tips for biking safely:
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Do not wear a headset, headphone, or other listening device other than a hearing aid when riding.
- Do not text or look at your phone while riding.
- Keep at least one hand on the handlebars while riding.
- A bicycle rider or passenger who is under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet.
- Be visible at night with white front lights and red rear lights and reflectors.
Riding on Sidewalks or in Crosswalks
- If riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and give an audible signal before passing.
Riding on the Roadway
- If riding on the roadway, ride in the same direction as traffic and as close as possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the road. You may leave the right edge when passing, making a left turn, to avoid road hazards, or when a lane is too narrow for a bicycle and a car to share safely.
- Ride with caution. Stay clear of parked cars and the door zone.
- Give hand signals to indicate when you are going to turn:
- Turn Right: Extend the left hand and arm upward or extend the right hand and arm horizontally to the right side of the bicycle.
- Turn Left: Extend left hand and arm horizontally to the left-hand side of the bicycle.
- Give hand signals at least 100 feet before making the turn.