How to bike safely

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Ride smart, ride safe

  • Follow all rules of the road, including riding with traffic and stopping for traffic lights. Under the law, bicyclists have all the rights and responsibilities of motorists.
  • Be visible. Use front and rear lights at night. Consider reflective gear such as a safety vest to be seen even more readily.
  • Be predictible. Signal your intent.
  • Wear a property fitted helmet (see the NHSTA videos below).
  • Keep your bike in good repair.
  • Motorists, note New Jersey’s new 4-foot passing law.

Watch these videos from the League of American Bicyclists

More tips

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Take the Bike Safety Quiz-English or Bike Safety Quiz-Spanish

Awareness Test (Look out for cyclists)
Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Tips
BicycleSafe.com
Bicycle Safety Activity Kit (from U.S. DOT, NHTSA)
Bike Safety (from KidsHealth.org; includes audio of the text)
Healthy Children (American Academy of Pediatrics)

A Kid’s Guide to Bicycle Safety
Ride Smart: How to avoid the 5 most common bike-car collisions
Ride Smart, Ride Safe Safety Tips (bilingual pdf)
Share the Road (pdf)
Traffic Enforcement for Bicycle Safety

Please click on the links below for more safety information:
Biking in New Jersey
League of American Bicyclists: Rules of the Road
New Jersey Bicycle Manual (NJDOT)
Pennsylvania Bicycle Driver’s Manual
Walk Smart/Bike Smart Vermont (Critical Content, Concepts and Skills for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety for Grades K – 6)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Bicycle Safety Program