Rules of the Road
Keep these in mind while biking.
- Ride with traffic.
One in five accidents is caused by riding on the wrong side of the road.
- Use bike lanes or paths.
Whenever there is a bike lane or path, use it. Otherwise, stay on the road.
- Check traffic before you make
a turn. Always look back, signal, and re-check for traffic
- Stop signs mean STOP.
Bicyclists must follow the rules of the road, just like cars. Obey all traffic
- Don't ride double. Exception: bicycles built for two
and/or a bicycle with a child carrier.
- Don't weave.
Ride in a straight line. Be predictable.
- Keep hold of your handlebars.
At least one hand should be on the handlebars at all times.
- Don't follow too closely.
Always keep a safe distance from the bicycle or vehicle in front of you.
- Watch your speed.
Arizona law says you must never ride faster than is safe. Conditions that may
affect your riding and your ability to operate your bicycle safely include the
number and speed of other bicycles/vehicles, the riding surface, your visual
ability, and pedestrian traffic.
- Watch for pedestrians.
As a general rule on campus, pedestrians have the right-of-way.
- Respect others. Walk,
don't ride, on pedestrian paths, lawns, side-walks, and crosswalks.
- Use hand signals.
Always signal your intentions.
- Use lights and bright
clothing at night. Arizona law requires front and rear lights
when riding at night. Wear reflective and/or bright clothing to increase your
- Take the lane. When there is no
bike path, or when otherwise appropriate, take the whole
lane of travel. You are more visible and less likely to get hit from opening
doors or vehicles traveling behind you.