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Biking Tips

Go Green

Avoiding just 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year!

Be Bright

Wear bright or reflective clothing when you are riding during the day or night. Make yourself as visible as possible.

Hold On

Always ride with your hands on the handlebars.

Be Predictable

Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Control your bicycle.

Bicycle: 2 wheels, 1 person

Do not carry anyone else on the bicycle. You are endangering your life and their life.

Ride Single File

If you are riding with a group of people, make sure that you stay on the right side of the road or trail in a single file line.

Yield to Pedestrians

Use a bicycle bell to alert pedestrians that you are passing (if you are riding on a trail or sidewalk).

Obey Signs & Signals

Obey traffic signs and signals. A bike is a vehicle too!

Hand Signals

Always use proper hand signals when turning and stopping.

Ride Right

Ride in the same direction as other vehicles. Stay to the right hand side of the road as much as possible.

Helmet Fit

Make sure your helmet fits your head properly. Y straps should come right below your ears, the chin strap should be snug, and the helmet should not wiggle when you shake your head.

Short Trips

Use your bike for short trips.

Stay Fit

Cycling as little as 20 miles a week can cut your risk of heart disease by more than half.

Riding at Night

When riding at dusk or in the dark, be sure to use reflectors, a headlight, and a taillight.

Maintain your Bike

Keep your bike well-maintained. Check tires, wheels, lights, brakes, and handlebars before each ride.


Look both ways for oncoming vehicles before turning or crossing a street. Go only when it is clear.

Stay Alert

Look for children, car doors opening unexpectedly, and cars exiting driveways.

Always Wear a Helmet

Almost 70 percent of all bicycle fatalities involve head injuries, yet only about one in four bike riders wear helmets. Always wear a helmet that complies with the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.