SAFE CYCLING TIPS
Bicycling is fun, easy, and has a range of significant benefits. Georgia Bikes wants to see more people on bicycles more often, but, more importantly, we want all of you to have a safe and enjoyable riding experience. You have every right to use the road, but be sure you’re safe while you’re doing it!
Below are a few guidelines to help you ride safely and legally:
- Bicycles are vehicles and should abide by all applicable bicycle-specific laws and traffic ordinances. Stop at stop signs and treat traffic lights just like you would if you were in a motor vehicle.
- Ride on the road, not the sidewalk. Operating a bicycle on the sidewalk is dangerous, both for you and for pedestrians. It’s also illegal in GA if you’re over 12 years old.
- Be visible. Wear bright or reflective clothing and use front and rear lights if riding in low-light or at night.
- Ride predictably. Flow with traffic (as if you were a car), signal your intentions, and maintain a consistent line of travel. Don’t weave in and out of lanes.
- Ride defensively. Watch and be prepared for motorists not seeing you. Even a person wearing bright clothing can be difficult to see in certain conditions. Distracted driving is a serious issue- never assume that a motorist sees you!
- Learn & use safe riding techniques. See if your local advocacy organization offers safe cycling classes, and check out our Bicyclist Pocket Guide for helpful tips and illustrations.
- If you wear a helmet, wear it correctly. While not legally required for bicyclists over the age of 16, helmets can be a common sense precaution, but only if they are worn properly. See this guide for proper fitting.