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Tips for Bicyclists

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Tips for Bicyclists to Avoid Pedestrian or Automobile Conflicts

  • Stop at all stop signs and red lights. Set a good example by putting your foot down on the pavement to indicate a complete stop.
  • Yield to pedestrians at all times. This includes when you cross the crosswalk. When passing a pedestrian you must give them an audible signal - a bell or by calling out "passing."
  • Be careful when approaching intersections from paths or sidewalks. Motorists do not expect you! Do not assume that you can go through the intersection because you have the green light! The safest thing to do is dismount and cross on foot.
  • Ride responsibly. If you drive your car safely, why not be sure to do so on your bike?

  • Equip your bike correctly. Headlights and red rear reflectors are required if riding after sunset.

  • When riding on paths or sidewalks, be aware of pedestrians. Slow down; stop if necessary. Let them know that you are passing.

  • When riding in the street, be aware that many motorists are not used to driving around cyclists. Some of them honk because they are afraid of hitting you. In this situation, be courteous. Gestures and name calling are inappropriate. Instead, wave and smile.

  • Wear your helmet! Head injuries are devastating and wearing a helmet can prevent head injuries.

  • Be aware of changing road conditions. A little rain can make a BIG difference in the slickness of a road surface.

  • Keep your bike well-tuned.
  • Encourage new cyclists to ride safely. Show them safe routes and teach them how to make riding a weekly or daily habit rather than an annual tradition.
  • One may ride a bicycle anywhere in the city. As always you should take into consideration your destination and riding ability when selecting your route. The above said, there is a “Mandatory” Dismount Zone in the 6th Avenue Plaza (6th Avenue west of Main Street through the Plaza to the parking lot). There is a “Voluntary” Dismount Zone on Main Street sidewalks between 3rd Avenue and 6th Avenue which also includes the east and west breezeways within this area. In the Voluntary Dismount Zones please be mindful and considerate of people walking.

Safe Bicycling!

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