Always wear a properly fitted helmet. It is the law that children under the age of 18 years wear a helmet.
Use hand signals before you turn or change lanes on a roadway. Remember, you are considered a motor vehicle.
Be alert. Watch out for road hazards, other bicyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles.
Obey all regulatory traffic lights and signs. Bicycles must drive like vehicles. Never ride against traffic.
Observe the posted speed limit.
At night, bicycles are required to have a front light that is visible by 300 feet.
Drink water before and afterwards. If very thirsty, stop to drink during your walk.
Avoid the hottest midday hours. The ideal time is morning or late afternoon.
Use marked crosswalks whenever available.
Be sure to look left, right, and left again. Then, if it is clear, begin crossing.
On roads without sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
At night, wear something reflective on clothing and shoes or carry a flashlight.
1Excerpted from the SSF Walking & Biking Map. 2Check with California Vehicle Code (CVC) Sections 21200-21212 for more information on laws pertaining to bicyclists.
The Alliance offers a free booklet in PDF format on their website called “Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County”, which includes bicycling basics to help parents and teachers how to bike safely. It is also a great review for adults who haven’t rode a bike in while. The booklet is available in both English and Spanish.
Everyone is a Pedestrian: Safety Pamphlets from the US Department of Transportation