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Bicycling at Indiana University

Safety Tips and Laws

Bicycling Safety Tips and Laws:

In all States bicycles are considered vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.

Go With the Flow of Traffic: Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles.

Obey All Traffic Laws: When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. You wouldn’t run a red light in a car, so don’t do it on a bike!

Yield to Pedestrians: Like motorists bicyclists must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Be Predictable: Ride in a straight line. Signal your intentions to other road users to minimize confusion.

Stay Alert at All Times: Avoid using a phone or music device while riding. You need to rely on your senses and minimize distractions. Cyclists need to be aware of potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, pedestrians and traffic.

Signal Your Presence: Use lights, reflectors, and bells: Indiana law requires bikes to be equipped with bells and the use of rear and front lights at night. This increases other people's awareness of your presence and ensures your safety.

Take the Road: Bikes are vehicles and have the right to ride in the center of the lane when convenient or necessary. Avoid riding close to the curb in order to avoid the door zone and close passes by drivers.

Ride Side by Side: Cyclists find strength and safety in numbers. When possible ride next to other cyclists and take the road together.

Use Bike Infrastructure: In many instances around Bloomington there is specific infrastructure benefiting bicycle users. Bike boxes and bike lanes are clearly defined bike only areas. They’re for you, so use them!

Park your bike responsibly: Bike parking is available on and off campus in designated areas. Do not park your bike in locations that might impede pedestrian traffic. Be courteous and take up only one parking spot on racks. The more people can park their bikes the more people will bike!

Indiana Bicycle Laws

Bloomington Bicycle Laws