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Safety Tips

1. Follow the Rules of the Road

  • Ride with traffic and obey all regulatory signs and traffic signals. By law, bicyclists are required to ride in the same direction as automobile traffic.
  • Act like a car and obey the same laws as motorists.
  • Use the rightmost lane that heads in the direction that you are traveling.

2. Be Predictable

  • Use Hand and Arm Signals to indicate your intention to stop, merge or turn. Signal as a courtesy and for safety as required by law.
  • Whenever possible, ride in a straight line, to the right of traffic, at about a car doors width away from parked cars.
  • Avoid sidewalks. Motorists don't expect bicycles on sidewalks, and pedestrians on foot have the right-of-way on sidewalks and other walkways. If forced to ride on the sidewalk, cross driveways and through crosswalks at a walker's pace and look carefully for traffic before proceeding (especially look out for turning traffic at intersections). No bicycling is allowed on the sidewalks in Salt Lake City's downtown Central Business District.

3. Be Visible

  • Ride where drivers can see you.
  • Wear bright colored clothing during the day and light-colored or reflective clothing at night.
  • Always use a strong headlight and tail light and good reflectors when riding at night as required by law.

4. Be Alert

  • Be extra alert at intersections: watch for turning vehicles and vehicles exiting driveways.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Assume they do not see you until you are sure they do.
  • Avoid Road Hazards. Watch for storm drain grates, slippery manhole covers, oily pavement, gravel and ice. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
  • Don't get distracted: don't listen to music or talk on the phone while riding.
  • Be aware of traffic around you and be prepared to take evasive action.
  • Learn braking and turning techniques to avoid crashes.

5. Ride with proper equipment

  • Wear a Helmet
  • Make sure that the helmet fits on top of your head, not tipped back or forward.
  • After a crash or any impact that affects your helmet, visible or not, replace it immediately.
  • Bikes must be equipped with working brakes.
  • Check your brakes and wheels. Make sure the wheels are properly secured.
  • Purchase the best locking system you can afford. Lock the frame and front wheel to a fixed object.