Bicycle Safety

TOP 10 Bike Safety Rules:

  1. Ride with the flow of traffic, NOT against it. Bicycles are considered vehicles in all 50 states and must follow the same rules. Video
  2. Stop at stop signs and red lights and follow road signs - they apply to motor vehicles and bicycles!
  3. Yield to traffic before entering or crossing a roadway from a driveway, trail, sidewalk or lower priority road.
    • Riding on the sidewalk or separated bike path increases your risk of being hit at an intersection - you are less visible to cars on a sidewalk or bike path than you are on the roadway. Protect yourself by carefully crossing and looking for turning vehicles that might not see you even though you see them.
    • Recognize that every driveway is an intersection and watch for cars backing out that might not see you.
    • IF you ride your bike across a crosswalk, you must enter the crosswalk at a pedestrian speed - DO NOT dart into a crosswalk or any place with traffic.
  4. Be Visible! Wear bright clothing and NEVER ride in low light without a bright white headlight and red rear light. If cars have their headlights or windshield wipers on, turn on your lights! Video
  5. Ride in a predictable, straight manner. Don't swoop in and out of traffic, parked cars or circle drives. Video
  6. Ride in the farthest right hand lane that serves your destination. Video and Sharing the Road video
    • Do not make a left turn from a right turn only lane or bike lane on the right side of the road. Signal and move to the proper lane when safe to do so on roads with 35 mph or less speed limit.
    • Signal turns and lane changes at least 50 feet in advance.
    • Yield to overtaking traffic before moving across one or more lanes.
    • Ride in the appropriate position in the lane you are using.
  7. Wear a properly fitting bicycle helmet Video
  8. Ride a safe bike and always stay in control. Video
  9. NEVER wear headphones when cycling - they block other sounds you need to hear.
  10. Have FUN being healthy!

Advice on where to ride - your route can make a BIG difference in your safety!

Finding a Route video

  1. Don’t just ride your bike where everyone drives their car. You can often avoid hectic traffic and enjoy your ride much more by selecting a road one or two streets over in cities built on a grid system.
    • Unfortunately, the Arkansas River, Fountain Creek, I-25 and train tracks only have a few crossings to link the City of Pueblo so your options are sometimes limited in a few areas of Pueblo. But the rest of the city has lots of alternative routes.
    • Check the bike route maps for finding better ways to get around the Pueblo area.
  2. Look for streets with low traffic volumes and few trucks or buses.
  3. Look for roads with wide lanes or paved shoulders and good pavement conditions.
  4. A route with fewer stop signs allows you to keep up your speed. Remember, bicyclists are expected to stop at stop signs and stop lights just like motor vehicles!
  5. Although flat terrain requires less effort, hills can be relatively easy with a multi-geared bike.
  6. Pay attention to drainage grates, railroad crossings and other potential hazards. Cross train tracks perpendicular to your front wheel and always be careful crossing slippery, wet surfaces, especially metal rails or grates.
  7. Be aware and follow these tips on avoiding the dangers of sun glare that can blind drivers at sunrise and sunset.
  8. Scout your potential route by bike, not car, before you attempt to ride to work or school.

Bike Safety Resources