Bicycle Program


Bicycle Safety

On-Street Biking - Sharing the Road

Obey Traffic Regulations

Bikes must be driven like other vehicles if they are to be taken seriously by motorists. cyclists are required by law to follow all California traffic laws.

Be Careful at Intersections

Most accidents happen at intersections. proceed with care. Avoid being in a turn-only lane if you want to go straight through an intersection. In narrow lanes or slow traffic, it may be safer to take the whole lane.

Use Hand Signals

Signal all turns and stops ahead of time. Look over your shoulder for any traffic, then make your intended move only when iti s safe to do so.

Keep Both Hands Ready to Brake

You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet.

Lock Your Bike

Lock the frame and rear wheel of your bike to a bicycle rack. If you have a quick release, lock the front wheel also. Do not lock your bike to trees.

Avoid Road Hazards

Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, slippery manhole covers, oily pavements, potholes and construction plates. Cross railroad tracks carefully.

Make Eye Contact

Confirm that you are seen. Establish eye contact with motorists to insure that they know you are on the road. Look over your shoulder regularly or use a mirror to scan the road behind. Although bicycles have an equal right on the road, be prepared to maneuver for safety.

Beware of Car Doors

Be wary of parked cars. Motorists can unexpectedly open doors. Be particularly careful if you see a motorist in the car. Ride in a straight line at least three feet away from parked cars.

Keep Your Bike in Good Repair

Maintain your bike in good working condition. Check brakes regularly and keep tires properly inflated.

Turning Left: Two Options

  1. Vehicular Style: Signal your intentions in advance. Move to the left turning lane and complete the turn.

  2. Pedestrian Style: Ride to the far crosswalk and wait for the light to advance.

Tips for Multi-Use Paths

Signal to Others

Cyclists: sound your bell or call out a warning when approaching others, then pass safely on the left. Skaters: follow travel rules as per bicyclists. Do not perform trick-skating.

Stay on the Path

Ride only on designated paths to protect parks, natural areas and yourself. Riding off a designated pathway is dangerous and prohibited in City of Riverside parks.

Be Careful at Crossings

Look both ways. Cyclists: yield to through traffic at intersections; pedestrians have the right of way. Pedestrians: exercise caution. Be aware of stopping limitations of cyclists and skaters.

Pedestrian Right-of-Way

Cyclists and in-line skaters must yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.

Keep to the Right

All path users must keep to the right except when passing or turning left. Pedestrians: move to the right when someone is passing. Move off the path when stopping. Never block the path.

Use Designated Path

Where designated, cyclists and skaters must ride on the specified path. Don't ride on a pedestrian path. Look both ways at crossings. Cyclists: yield to through traffic at intersections; pedestrians have the right of way. Pedestrians: exercise caution




Sharing the Road - Tips for Cyclists

On the Road:

  • The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists
  • Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns

Always Wear a Properly Fitting Helmet (even on short trips):

  • Measure head just above the eyebrows, helmet should cover the forehead
  • For children, only two of the child’s fingers should fit in the space between the eyebrow and the helmet
  • Adjust the foam pads and straps – straps should form a “V” just below each ear
  • Only one finger should fit between the strap and chin
  • Test the fit – helmet should only move one inch in either direction. If it moves too much you may need to tighten the straps or use thicker pads

Ride on the Right:

  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination
  • Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right

Ride Predictably:

  • Ride in a straight line
  • Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination
  • Check for traffic before entering street or intersection and announce yourself by making eye contact with motorists


On-Street Biking - Sharing the Road


On the Road:

  • Drive with caution
  • Reduce speed when approaching cyclists
  • Don’t tailgate, especially in bad weather
  • Recognize hazards cyclists may face and give them space

Yield to Cyclists:

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles
  • Cyclists should be given the right–of–way
  • Allow extra time for cyclists to cross intersections

Be Considerate:

  • Look for cyclists in traffic and at intersections
  • Don’t blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists
  • When opening your door, watch for passing cyclists

Pass with Care:

  • When passing leave four (4) feet between you and a cyclist
  • Look over your shoulder before moving back

Watch for Children:

  • Children on bicycles can be unpredictable – expect the unexpected
  • Don’t expect children to know traffic laws
  • Children are smaller and can be harder to see – be alert