Safety Tips

Your safety is our number one priority. Bicyclists are required to follow the same laws and rules of the road as motorists and must obey all traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings. 

The law requires that bicyclists ride with traffic. Bicycling against traffic is the leading cause of crashes. Moving with traffic makes bicyclists more visible, and their movements more predictable to motorists. Riding with traffic also prevents interference with the flow of traffic and pedestrians. Ride as close to the right side of the road as you safely can. Use the shoulder or the bike lane rather than the road whenever it is safe to do so. It's the law! 

Bicyclists may ride two abreast on roadways, but you must ride single file when being overtaken by other vehicles. Bicyclists may only travel more than two abreast on a shoulder, lane or path intended for bicycling use if there is sufficient space. However, they must be single file when passing vehicles, pedestrians and other bicyclists. 

Bicyclists should use the same through or turning lanes as motorists. However, a bicyclist may choose to dismount and use the pedestrian crosswalk, especially in heavy traffic. After crossing at an intersection, a bicyclist should move to a usable right-hand shoulder or to the right side of the right-hand lane.

The position a bicyclist takes in preparing for a turn is governed by the turning rules that apply to other traffic. A bicyclist should move to the center of the lane when preparing for either a right or left turn, to prevent a following motorist from sharing the lane. It can be very dangerous for a bicyclist to turn, while sharing a lane with a motorist.

If there is more than one left turn lane, use the one furthest to the right. After any left turn, move to the right as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please use caution at all times when stopping. Move off of the roadway and alert riders behind you to your plans. Check to see that no bicycles or vehicles are directly behind you when stopping and stop at the right edge of the roadway and immediately move to the shoulder. Stay clear of the roadway to make repairs, rest, visit, etc. Avoid stopping at the crest of a hill or on a curve.

Every bicyclist must wear an approved helmet. Helmets significantly reduce the risk of sustaining a serious head injury. A helmet should fit squarely on top of the head in a level position and cover the top of the forehead extending down to about an inch above the eyebrows. The helmet should not be able to slide back and forth on the head or rock from side to side.

Keep at least one hand on the handlebar at all times. Never attach yourself or your bike to another vehicle on the roadway.   

Do not ride a bicycle while wearing earphones. You will not be able to hear approaching traffic. The law says while driving a vehicle, riding a motorcycle or riding a bicycle it is illegal to wear more than one earphone attached to an audio device. 

Look behind you and all around. The more you observe other vehicles and pedestrians around you the safer you will be.

Be considerate. The bicycling skills of participants range from beginner to expert. Each rider must look out for his/herself and be aware of what the other cyclists around them are doing at all times.

Always cooperate with A2C officials and law enforcement personnel. They will be present at busy intersections. Please obey their signals.

Stay on the marked route. Our routes are designed and marked for your safety. Support services are only available to you if you are on the route.

Give the right-of-way to emergency vehicles. Pull to the right and stop if you hear a siren.

Be safe and have fun!