Tips on Bicycling Safety. Cyclists fare best when they act as and are treated as drivers of vehicles.
- Wear a helmet
- Obey the traffic laws - stop at stop signs, obey traffic lights, ride on the right side of the road
- Be visible - wear bright colored clothing, use lights at night, ride on the road – 1 to 3 feet to the left of the curb or road edge
- Be predictable - use hand signals, attempt to get motor vehicle drivers’ attention when making lane changes or turning
Tips on Pedestrian Safety
- If possible, walk on sidewalks or on the grass beside the street. If this is not possible, walk facing traffic – on the left side of the street
- Cross the street at crosswalks or intersections. Use traffic signals. Avoid crossing streets between cars, trees or hedges – you are not as visible
- Walk, don’t run when crossing a street
- Walk in a straight, predictable line when crossing a street not at an angle
- When walking at night, use a flashlight and/or wear bright, reflective clothing
- Look left, right then left before crossing the street
- Hold children’s hands when crossing a street. Practice safe crossing with children – ask them to tell you when it is safe to cross the street
Common bicyclist errors.
How to share the road with cyclists.