Bike Lanes & Paths
- Yield to slower users, especially children.
- Obey posted speed limits for the safety of all users.
- Get off the path when you stop.
Announce When Passing
- Clearly indicate your intention to pass other users.
- Warn other trail users in advance so you do not startle them.
- Use a bell, horn, or say "On your left," or "Passing on your left" when passing.
Yield When Entering and Crossing
- Slow down before intersections and when entering a trail from the road.
- Stay as close to the right as possible, except when passing.
- Give yourself enough room to maneuver around any hazards.
Pass on Left
- Scan ahead and behind before announcing your intention to pass.
- Allow plenty of room, about two bike lengths, before moving back to the right.
- Do not pass when visibility ahead is limited.
- Travel in a straight line, except to avoid hazards or to pass.
- Always indicate your intention to turn or pass.
- Wear brightly colored clothing.
- Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there (but don't always expect them to see you).
- Always ride in or near a travel lane.
- Stay visible by riding where drivers are looking, i.e., do not pass on the right.
At Night - Conspicuity
- Legally, cyclists must have a front white light and a red rear reflector and/or a rear red light.
- A bright red [blinking] light is much more conspicuous than a passive reflector.
- Make sure that your lights are visible to motorists, and not pointing up or down.
- Clear obstructions from the back of the bike that might block the light.
Tips for Drivers
- Leave at least three feet of passing space between the right side of your vehicle and a bicyclist.
- Reduce your speed when passing a cyclist, especially if the roadway is narrow.
- Children on bicycles are often unpredictable in their actions. Expect the unexpected.
- Further information can be found at the Maryland State Highway Administration safety website "Choose Safety For Life."