Learn Bicycle Safety

Safety first.

We’ve always heard “safety first” and many people practice it throughout their day-to-day lives. Here’s how to put it into action when riding bicycles. The Safe Cycling training document from Bike Walk Savannah provides helpful graphics for the safety information listed below.

  • Helmets.
    • Helmets are encouraged for all riders, even adults.
    • They should be snug on the head.
    • The helmet should be centered on your head and not be able to shit forward, backward, or side to side.
  • Lights.
    • A front white light is required at night.
    • Rear red reflectors or lights are also required at night.
    • Avoid using only flashing front lights at night.
  • Locking your bike.
    • Always lock your bike to a solid object where the bike cannot be lifted on/over the object.
    • A well-lit area with high foot traffic is the best place to lock your bike.
    • Make sure your locking cable and the solid object you’re locked to cannot be cut.
    • Frame > Back wheel > Front wheel
  • Rules of the road.
    • A bike is considered a vehicle.
    • Ride in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic.
    • Do not ride on sidewalks.
    • Do not ride through public/tourist squares.
    • Stop at all stop signs and red lights.
    • Ride as far to the right as practicable, except when rules of lane positioning, entering intersections, and turning applies.
  • Lane positioning.
    • Ride in a straight line.
    • Do not ride in and out of parked cars.
    • Ride in the right third of the lane that is going your direction.
    • Take the lane if you’re traveling the same speed as traffic OR if there is not enough room for people to pass you safely.
  • Intersections.
    • Ride in the right most lane that is traveling in the direction you’re going.
    • Where you are in the lane depends on the intersection.
    • Make eye contact with drivers.
    • If your lane turns into a right-only lane (and you’re not turning), change lanes before the intersection.
  • Turning.
    • Before a turn, scan and look around for any hazards.
    • Signal your intent. Proper hand signals can be found on this document (click link): Safe Cycling
    • Move into the right-most lane that leads to your destination.
    • To cross multiple lanes, move one at a time, scanning and signaling each move.