Bicycle Safety Tips

In the Tucson region, about 1 in 30 people commute to work by bike. That’s five times the national average.

Bicycling, a well-used mode of travel, is so popular that the region has over 1,000 miles of infrastructure - one of the highest amounts in the country - dedicated to bicycling.

Yet, bicyclists, like pedestrians, also are considered "vulnerable users." It's important to protect yourself and follow the rules of the road. 

 
 
         
 


USE A HEADLIGHT

Wear white or brightly colored shirts and consider reflective clothing for nighttime use. A white front headlight and red rear reflector are required on your bike if you ride at night. You should also use a red rear taillight.

 


PROTECT YOURSELF

According to national studies, 85% of brain injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet.
Pima County and City of Tucson laws require all bicyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet.

 
 


USE HAND SIGNALS

Use hand signals to show your intentions and ride in a predictable manner.
Remember, the laws are there to make it safer for everyone.

 


NEVER RIDE AGAINST TRAFFIC

Ride on the right with the flow of traffic—NEVER ride against traffic on the road, in a bike lane, or on a sidewalk. Drivers turning from the side cannot see you, and approaching drivers will not expect you to be riding the wrong way.
 

 
     


 

TWO LEGAL LEFT TURNS

  1. You may make a left turn like a vehicle by looking over your shoulder, signaling, and moving into the left turn lane when it’s safe.
     
  2. You may make a left turn by going to the far side of the intersection, turning your bike, and using the crosswalk.
     
 
 

 

 

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