Safe and fun bicycling

The League of American Bicyclists’ five rules of the road prepare you for safe and fun bicycling no matter where you’re riding.

Follow the law

You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic, use the right-most lane headed in the direction you’re traveling.

Be predictable 

Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

Be conspicuous

Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.

Think ahead

Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

Ride ready

Check that your tires are sufficiently inflated, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies appropriate for your ride.

Wear a helmet.

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