HEADS UP– Keep alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone, which can be a distraction.
BE PREDICTABLE– Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
USE CROSSWALKS– Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians. Looks for cars and bikes in all directions-including those turning left or right.
MAKE EYE CONTACT– Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
MAKE YOURSELF VISABLE– Use bike lights or reflectors, reflective tape, or similar devices on cycling shoes, fenders, belts, frames, pedals and handlebars.
OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS– Ride with traffic, not against it. Bicyclists, like motorists, must stop at all traffic lights and stop signs.
RIDE DEFENSIVELY– Never assume that others who share the road with you can where you are.
WALK YOUR BIKE ON SIDEWALKS AND WALKWAYS– Never ride on sidewalks. Between 8:30am and 5:30pm, Monday-Friday, bike riding is prohibited on the following walkways: Locust Walk, Hamilton Walk, Women’s Walk and Smith Walk. Yield to pedestrians at all other times.
OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS– University CIty is visited by over 100,000 people each day. Obeying traffic signals helps keep order at busy intersections and prevents accidents.
SLOW DOWN– Be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
YIELD AT CROSSWALKS– Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you cannot see.
LOOK OUT– Be extra cautious when backing up, pedestrians or bicyclists can move into your path.
For more information, visit the Department of Transportation website.