Bike Safety

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Bicycle riders should follow the rules of the road along with motor vehicles. Adhering to the laws protects you and other motorists. Remember these tips for everyone’s safety:

  • Wear a bicycle helmet
  • Respect the pedestrian right of way
  • Anticipate conflict
  • Follow the traffic laws
  • Share the road and walkways

Biking Rules and Regulations

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Preventing Theft

Other Tips and Safety Resources

  • BIKE QUIZ: take this quiz to test your knowledge about bike safety and get a coupon for a discount at local bike shops!

  • Helmets are necessary for bicycle safety. As part of the Well On Our Way program at UI Wellness, faculty and staff can earn points towards a free bike helmet. The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Safety Store offers reduced price helmets for kids and adults.
  • Riding through busy intersections can be scary. Here are some tips from League of American Bicyclists for riding in traffic.
  • It's easy to forget that braking can be just as dangerous as riding. Make sure you know how to brake safely.
  • See these videos from the League of American Bicyclists that show techniques for improving your ride, your rights as a bicyclist and how to ride safely on the road. See also this video for more safety tips.