ON THE ROAD

Obey all traffic lights, stop signs, and other traffic control devices




Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns




Do NOT ride on the sidewalk. It is illegal in the Town of Westport

Wear a Helmet

75% of bicycle fatalities involve a head injury




Wear your helmet snug and level, no more than two fingers above your brow




Before you get on your bike, put on your helmet, no matter how short the trip

Safe Bike

Loose seats and handlebars are very dangerous - check them before you begin your ride, we can help adjust if needed




We keep our bike tires properly inflated and the brakes and chain working properly, but always double check your bike before you take it on the road.

Ride with Traffic

Always ride on the right side, with the flow of traffic




Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination and stay as far to the right as practical within that lane




Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right




Don’t ride more than two abreast and don’t impede flow of vehicular traffic
(i.e. when necessary, form a single line to allow vehicular traffic to overtake or pass)

Ride Predictably

Ride in a straight line




When passing other bicyclists, verbally notify them of your intentions clearly (e.g. "PASSING ON YOUR RIGHT", "ON YOUR LEFT")




Don't swerve in the road or between parked cars




Check for traffic before entering streets or intersections




Anticipate hazards—like potholes and storm drains—and adjust your position accordingly

Be Visible

Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing that provides contrast




All of our bikes are equipped with a white reflector in front, and a red reflector in the rear for visibility.




All rental bikes must be returned 30 minutes before sunset, as there are no lights on the bikes




 

Loudly announce yourself and make eye contact with motorists!

Download Waiver

Click here to download our waiver and bring it with you when you rent your bike.




For more riding and safety tips and videos visit http://bikeleague.org/ridesmartvideos