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Best Practices to Remember

  • Ride your bike on the right hand side of the road.
  • Always ride in the same direction as the cars.
  • Use a bike path if one is available.
  • If you are with others, ride single file, not side by side.
  • When on the sidewalk remember to be careful around the people that are walking.
  • Obey all traffic signs.
  • Stop your bike at street corners.

  • Look to the right, left, and behind you before you start to cross the street.  Make sure all cars stop and drivers see you before you step into the street.
  • If the light is red, you need to stop just like the cars.
  • If the light is green, you should check that all cars see you before you cross the street.
  • Walk your bike when you are in the crosswalk.
  • Wear light colors and reflective strips when riding at night.
  • Oh yeah!  Always wear a bicycle helmet!

 

Skates and Skateboards...

Bike safety tips are useful when you use skates or a skateboard too!

  • Ride on sidewalks, not in traffic.
  • Do not ride through crosswalks.  Carry your skateboard in your hand so you do not startle other pedestrians and so you don't fall in the roadway.
  • Never hang onto a moving vehicle when on your bike, skates, or skateboard.
  • Oh yeah!  Always wear a bicycle helmet!

Bike Rodeo

The Phoenix Police Department offers bicycle rodeos, a program that teaches children proper care and use of a bicycle. To schedule a rodeo, contact the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coordinator at 495-2462.