Safety & Rules of the Road

Bicycle Safety
  • Ride defensively — maintain a safety first attitude and use all your abilities to protect yourself.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • When crossing railroad tracks, ride perpendicular to the rails.
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars to maintain control of your bicycle.
Bicycling Rules
  • In Kansas, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles.
  • Ride designated bike lanes when present, otherwise ride to the right side of the roadway.
  • Ride with the normal traffic flow.
  • Be predictable — hold a straight line of travel; do not surprise a motorist, pedestrian or other bicyclists.
  • Ride single file.
  • 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.
  • Use a light at night.
  • Yield to pedestrians and give an audible signal when passing.
Sharing the Road
  • Allow a minimum of 3 feet between your vehicle and a cyclist when passing.
  • Look back for approaching cyclists before making turns.
  • Don't cut off a bicyclist when turning right. Be patient.
  • Check for bicyclists before exiting a parked vehicle.
  • Don't harass or endanger a bicyclist — this is considered reckless endangerment by law, a misdemeanor offense.