Safety & Rules of the Road

Bicycle Safety
  • Ride defensively — maintain a safety-first attitude and use all your abilities to protect yourself.
  • Wear a properly-fitting helmet.
  • At night or on cloudy days, use a white headlight, a red taillight, and wear bright or reflective gear.  
  • Use hand signals before turning or stopping.
  • Avoid using headphones and/or cellphones while riding.
  • When crossing railroad tracks, ride perpendicular to the rails.
Bicycling Rules
  • In Kansas, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. See Kansas Bicycling Statues.
  • At night, cyclists must use at least a white headlight and rear red reflector.
  • Ride in designated bike lanes when present, otherwise ride to the right side of the roadway. If a travel lane is too narrow to share with a car, ride in the middle of the lane.
  • Ride with the normal traffic flow, not against.
  • Be predictable — hold a straight line of travel; do not surprise a motorist, pedestrian, or other bicyclists.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals. The "dead red" provision in Kansas allows bicyclists to proceed with caution through red lights that they are unable to trigger.
  • Yield to pedestrians and give an audible signal when passing from behind: ring a bell or say "passing on your left."
  • In Manhattan, it is illegal to ride your bicycle on sidewalks Downtown or in Aggieville. While it is legal in other parts of town, you are often safer riding on a road than a sidewalk designed for pedestrians.
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