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Bicycle Safety Tips

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. As road users, bicyclists must obey all traffic laws. When you as a bicyclist fail to obey the law, you lose the support of drivers. Remember, "same roads, same rules, same rights."
  1. Obey all traffic laws, stop signs and signals, traffic lights, and other traffic controls. Bike riders must obey the same laws as motor vehicles. If you want the respect of motorists, you must show respect for traffic laws.
  2. Always wear a properly fitted helmet - it could save your life. No matter how safely you ride, crashes can still happen.
  3. Ride predictably in a straight line. Do not jump back and forth from the sidewalk and the roadway. Do not weave in and out of parked or stopped cars.
  4. Ride on the right side of the road, riding in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
  5. Be visible. Wear bright clothing - and retro reflective clothing if possible - that increases your visibility to motorists.
  6. When riding a bike at night, your bike must have a headlight, a rear red reflector or taillight, and side reflectors. Utah law requires that these be visible from 500 feet.
  7. Follow lane markings. Do not turn left from the right lane and do not ride straight through a right turn-only lane.
  8. Use hand signals to let other road users know what you are doing and where you are planning to go.
  9. Do not ride in a driver's blind spot. If a car is slowing down, do not pass it on the right side - the driver may be turning right and may not see you.
  10. Ride single file in traffic except when passing another bicyclist.
  11. Yield to pedestrians when riding on a sidewalk.
  12. Be respectful of other road users. Courtesy is contagious.

Find additional links on how bicyclists and motorists can safely Share the Road.