Learning the “Rules of the Road” is just as important for cyclists as drivers of motor vehicles. Your safety and the welfare of others is in your hands every time you jump on your bike and hit the road. How do you make and stay friends with other cyclists as well as drivers of motorized vehicles when you are biking on roadways? You do so by practicing established cycling etiquette.
Never ride your bike against traffic – This is a safety tip to be sure, but it is also just good cycling etiquette. Some motor vehicle drivers become very anxious when they see you cycling towards them on their side of the street.
Stay far right – When you are biking on the road, stay as far to the right side of the roadway as you can. Obviously, think practically and safely. Most roads are built with extra space on the sides for a reason. Use that extra area outside the motorized traffic lane whenever possible.
When dealing with other cyclists, always be nice – Sometimes you may be cycling with a group of bikers. Even if someone else is acting irresponsibly or getting on your nerves, smile and respond positively. Road rage occurs on bicycles as well as in cars, and can cause accidents and fatalities.
Ride steady – You can put yourself and others in harm’s way if you are wobbling and shaking back and forth when you bike on a roadway. Adopt a relaxed and steady cycling rhythm.
Be seen – Yes, you are practicing good cycling etiquette when you dress in florescent, loud, bright clothing with eye-catching patterns.
Wait for a restroom – You would probably be upset if you saw a driver of a motorized vehicle pull over to the side of the road to relieve himself in a spot of bushes or trees. So when did it become acceptable for cyclists to do the same when mother nature calls? The answer is, never.
Obey stop signs and traffic lights – This is a personal safety must, as well as simple cycling etiquette. If you expect the right to coexist on a roadway with motorized traffic, you must obey traffic laws as well.
You can learn more in-depth information about roadway cycling etiquette online. Several civic and government organizations provide all types of cycling and biking tips and information at sites like:
You can also type “your city” biking etiquette into Google or any other search engine to discover local resources to cycling rules of the road.