Class 1

Path is separate from
automobile traffic
 
Class 2

On-street painted bike lane
 
Class 3

On-street bike route
designated by signs

Safety Tips

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.dot.gov) provides valuable information about bicycle safety for both children and adults.  The NHTSA has identified several keys to operating a bicycle safely, including:

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Ride a bike that fits you and is in good working order.
  • Learn and follow the rules of the road.
  • Be predictable.
  • Be visible.
  • Share the road.
  • Stay focused and alert.

Download the NHTSA’s brochure Bike Safety for Adults for more information.

Be Safe – Be Seen

When riding, it’s important to remember that bicycles are vehicles, too.  As a cyclist, you are required to obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicle operators.  However, because you are often harder to see than a car or truck, you must take additional measures to make yourself visible.  Riding a bike equipped with appropriate headlights and reflectors as well as wearing highly visible clothing will increase your visibility, especially at night.

Preparation is Key

If you are new to cycling, haven’t ridden in a while, or want to try bike commuting, make sure you and your bike are ready by doing the following:

  • Use a bicycle that fits you.
  • Have your bike “tuned up” at a local bike shop.
  • Plan your route, incorporating bike paths, trails, or routes wherever possible.
  • Wear a well-fitting helmet and light- or bright-colored clothing.