Protect Your HeadChoose a helmet that fits well, and wear it correctly.
Obey Traffic RegulationBicycles must be driven like other vehicles if they are to be
taken seriously by other motorists.
Use Hand SignalsSignal all turns and stops ahead of time. Look over your shoulder for any traffic, then make your intended move only when it is safe to do so.
Use Lights at NightAlways use a strong light-colored headlight and a red reflector at night or when visibility is poor. Use bike reflectors and reflective clothing. See and be seen.
Ride in a Straight PathAvoid dodging between parked cars. Ride in a straight line at least three feet away from parked cars.
Be Careful at IntersectionsThe majority of accidents happen at intersections. Proceed with care.
Never Ride Against TrafficMotorists are not looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the street. Ride with traffic to avoid accidents.
Use Caution if Bicycling on SidewalksMotorists and pedestrians do not anticipate bicyclists travelling on the sidewalk.
Use Appropriate LanesAvoid being in a right turn only lane if you want to go straight through an intersection. Move into the lane early.
Turning LeftAs a vehicle, signal your intentions in advance. As a pedestrian, ride to the far crosswalk, dismount and walk across.
One Person Per BicycleRiding double is only permitted when carrying a child, age one or older, in an approved carrier.
Make Eye ContactConfirm that you are seen. Establish eye contact with motorists to insure that they know you are on the roadway.
Beware of Car DoorsBe wary of parked cars. Motorists can unexpectedly open doors. Ride a car’s door width away.
Scan the Road BehindLook over your shoulder regularly or use a mirror to monitor traffic.
Lock Your BikeBuy the best lock system you can afford; none is as expensive as a new bike. Lock the frame and rear wheel to a fixed object. If you have a quick release, lock the front wheel also.
For more information please review the Bowling Green Code of Ordinances, Section 22-8: BICYCLES.