Bicycle Safety Tips
Source: The Salt Lake City Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee
- Obey all signs and traffic lights. Bicycles must be driven like motor
vehicles if they are to be taken seriously by motorists.
- Go slowly on sidewalks. Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks,
and by law you must give them an audible warning when you pass. Cycling is
illegal on sidewalks in
downtown Salt Lake City.
- Never ride against traffic. Motorists are not looking for bicyclists
riding on the wrong side of the road.
- Watch for cars pulling out. Make eye contact. Assume drivers do not see
you until you are sure they do.
- Use hand signals. Hand signals tell motorists what you are going to do
and are required by law.
- Avoid road hazards. Watch out for storm drain grates, slippery manhole
covers, oily pavement, gravel and ice.
- Ride a well-equipped bike. Be sure your bike is adjusted to fit you
properly. Always use a strong headlight and tail light at night.
- Dress appropriately. Wear a helmet and light-colored clothes. Dressing
in layers allows you to adjust to temperature changes.
Last update: Tue Dec 5 23:00:24 2000 by Rob MacLeod