Bikes & EScooters
Travel with Care By Bike or Motorized Scooters
As we learned way back in our training wheels days, riding a bike takes focus and balance. As cyclists, we are vulnerable on the road and therefore it is imperative to be aware of our surroundings and avoid putting ourselves in harm's way. The emergence and popularity of motorized scooters, such as Lime and Bird scooters, means we all need to be aware of the safety issues that may arise with these new means of transit. Scooters should obey the same rules of the road as cyclists.
Below are a few tips to follow to keep you and those around you safe:
- Wear a helmet — This is a no brainer. (You see what we did there?)
- Don't text or talk on your phone while riding a bike.
- Do signal before you make a turn — How to hand signal.
- Ride two abreast or less — This allows cars to safely pass around you.
- Yield to crosswalks & pedestrians— Cyclists and scooters are vulnerable to motorists but pedestrians are vulnerable to all of the above.
- Ride with the flow of traffic — You wouldn't expect to see a car driving opposite against traffic, same theory applies to bikes and scooters.
- Use lights when riding in the dark.
- Take the bike lane when possible — If a bike lane exists, use it.
- Take caution when riding on a multipurpose bike trail.
- Obey signs & laws — It's also helpful to know the laws before you ride. The laws for cycling and motorists are not always the same. For a list of cycling laws click here.
- Don't obstruct sidewalks — Pedestrians need the sidewalks clear so they can safely walk.
- Be aware — Many accidents involving motorists and cyclists happen because the driver did not see the rider. Fifty-eight percent of bike fatalities happen at non-intersections so it's best to ride aware. If a car is turning left and they're looking right for other cars, do they see you approaching on their left? That type of awareness just might save your life someday.
Guidelines and Tips
Respect the Road
and All of Its Users
Whether you're a walker, bicyclist or
driver, be kind and considerate. Share the road.
Bicyclists are required to follow the rules of all traffic signs and lights.
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Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are in or approaching a sidewalk or crosswalk.
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Ride With the
Flow of Traffic
When riding your bike on a road, ride the same direction as traffic.
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Ride Two Abreast
When necessary, fall into a single line so as not to impede the reasonable flow of traffic.
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Take the Lane
It's OK to take the entire lane when obstructions or safety issues are present.
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To ensure that you are visible at night, make sure your bike is equipped with a white light on the front and a red reflector on the rear.
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It's OK to Leave
the Bike Lane
It's OK to ride outside the bike lane. Make sure you safely merge and always signal when changing lanes.
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Never park your bike in an area that prevents walkers from using a sidewalk.
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