Bicyclists are Considered Vehicle Operators; Safety Tips - Community Advisory

Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. It is so important to follow safety rules while riding a bicycle, especially if you are riding within and around motor vehicles. Please use the following safety tips while riding your bike:

Always wear a helmet

Obey all traffic controls

Ride your bicycle near the right-hand edge of the road

Never carry another person on your bicycle

Always use hand signals when turning or stopping

Look out for cars at cross street, driveways, and parking places

Be careful when checking traffic and don't swerve when looking over your shoulder

Give pedestrians the right-of-way

Keep your bicycle in good condition

Always ride carefully

One very important rule is to stop at stop signs. Many bicyclists do not do this. If you are riding your bike and a vehicle is stopped at a stop sign to make a right hand turn, and you don't stop at the same stop sign, and are riding on their right hand side, there is the possibility that as the vehicle begins to make that turn, the bicyclist will be hit by the vehicle by not stopping at that stop sign. Please think before you ride.