Rules of the Road From the League of American Bicyclists
The League's six Rules of the Road will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding. For more educational resources, sign up for a Smart Cycling class.
1. Follow the law.
Your safety and the image of bicyclists depend on
you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers.
Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with
traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction
you are going.
2. Be predictable.
Make your intentions clear to motorists and other
road users. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve
between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind
you well before turning or changing lanes.
3. Be conspicuous.
Ride where drivers can see you; wear bright clothing.
Use a front white light and red rear light and
reflectors at night or when visibility is poor. Make
eye contact with drivers. Don’t ride on sidewalks.
4. Think ahead.
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other bicyclists
will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and
ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look
out for debris, potholes, and utility covers. Cross
railroad tracks at right angles.
5. Ride Ready.
Check your tires have sufficient air, brakes are
working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release
wheel levers are closed. Carry repair and emergency
supplies appropriate for your ride. Wear a
6. Keep your cool.
Road rage benefits no-one and always makes a
bad situation worse.
Go to Bikeleague.com and click on Education to find more good bicycling tips.