Know the 7 rules of the road for bicyclists


Biking to work, for exercise, or just to enjoy beautiful weather — no matter why or where you ride, your bike is considered a vehicle. Because bicyclists share the road with motorists, you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

In general, follow these seven guidelines any time you’re biking to stay safe on the road:

  1. Wear a helmet. Adjust the straps on the helmet until it is
         snug and sits level on your head.
    See the complete steps
         for helmet fitting here.


  2. Do not wear headphones, which impair your ability to hear
         traffic
    or warning signals.

  3. Don’t ride on sidewalks. They are intended for pedestrians,
         and many cities have ordinances prohibiting it.

  4. Obey the same rules as auto drivers when riding on the
         street. Ride with traffic, stop at lights and stop signs, and
         yield to pedestrians.

  5. Ride in a straight line at least three feet from the curb or
         parked vehicles. Don’t swerve around vehicles.

  6. Stay visible with bright colors, lights, and reflective clothing,
         especially at dawn, dusk, and night.

  7. Use the appropriate hand signals for stopping and turning (see below).


Some states have specific ordinances regarding bicyclists. Go to your state’s Department of Transportation website for more information.

For a list of scenic bicycle trails in your area, visit www.railstotrails.org.

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