You will stay safe on the streets by obeying the rules of the road, being visible, and riding predictably. As a general rule, ride with traffic on the right shoulder of the road, wear a helmet, and use lights at night.
Before you hit the streets, please read a bit more about the rules of the road and safe riding techniques. When you’re ready, take our Bicycle Safety Quiz to test your knowledge.
Rules of the Road
Obeying basic rules, being visible, and riding predictably are the keys to bicycle safety. Want to know how to ride safely? Here’s the scoop:
- Ride on the right shoulder of the road WITH the flow of traffic.
- Ride in bike lanes when available. You will feel like a king.
- Take the entire lane of traffic (and OWN it!) if it would be unsafe to ride side-by-side with a car or if road conditions require it.
- Ride with lights at night. Utah state law requires a white light in front a red light in back. Any local bike shop can help you find the right set of lights for your needs.
- Use your arms to signal before a turn. Extend your left arm for a left turn and extend your right arm for a right turn.
- Avoid riding on the sidewalk; it is more dangerous than riding on the road since it makes you less visible to motorists.
- Obey all roadway signs and traffic signals. Cyclists are not exempt from stop signs.
- Pedestrians have the right of way. Signal vocally or with a bell when passing them on trails.
Additional dependable information can be found at these sites:
Bike Provo, a local advocacy group
Bike Utah, a statewide advocacy group
Road Respect, a state initiative to educate cyclists and drivers on sharing the road safely
League of American Bicyclists, a national advocacy group