Safety Tips

Knowing and practicing safe walking, riding, and driving is essential to creating healthy and safe roadways.

For Bicyclists:Switching Gears, hand signals

  • Wear a helmet and wear it properly- Protect a very precious asset.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it
  • Use designated bike lanes when available
  • Be visible:Use front and backlights. At night cyclist need to have both a visible white front light and a red rear facing light, wear light-colored or reflective clothing
  • Be clear and predictable:Signal for lane changes and turns,never pass on the right, warn pedestrians if you will be passing from behind.
  • Avoid trouble-Always scan ahead for hazards:Stay out of the door zone,check for traffic before entering any street or intersection. Remember driveways are intersections too!
  • Ride defensively, be aware of traffic movement
  • Be Polite and courteous

Download the Brochure For Bicyclists

For Pedestrians

  • Stay smart and alert
    • Always stay on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk then walk facing traffic.
    • Never assume a vehicle will stop.
    • Listen carefully for engine noise and look for backup lights in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces
    • Be careful when crossing
    • Used marked crosswalks or intersections whenever possible.
    • Obey traffic and pedestrian signalsuntitled
    • Look both ways before you cross any street even if there is a pedestrian signal
    • At multi-lane crossings, look across all lanes. Just because one motorist stops, do not assume drivers in other lanes will stop as well.
    • Don’t wear headphones or talk on a cellphone when crossing
    • Watch for turning vehicles Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.
    • Stand out, especially at night. Wear bright/light-colored clothing and/or reflective materials.
    • Cross in well lit areas
    • Carry a flashlight

For Drivers

  • Keep a lookout
    • Watch for pedestrians and cyclists at all times.
    • Be aware of crosswalks and bike lanes
    • Look carefully behind your vehicle before backing up
    • Watch for cyclists and pedestrians when exiting driveways and alleys
    • Yield to pedestrians within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection
    • Always signal your intent.
    • Do not block, or park in crosswalks or bike lanes
  • Be patient
    • Drive the speed limit. Reduce speed when encountering cyclists if needed
    • Never pass or overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrian
    • Ensure safe conditions before passing a cyclist, allowing adequate space between you and the cyclist. Don’t pass if it is not safe.
    • Be extra careful around children playing near the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you.
  • Be courteous
    • Do not honk to communicate with a bicyclist or pedestrian. A sudden reaction my cause a cyclist to crash or veer into traffic.
    • Do not follow closely behind a bicyclist

Download the Rules for Motorists Flier

For more information:

Helena’s Bicycle Laws

Safety Video for right turns

Safety Video on Dooring

Bicycle Safety Video