Safety First

  • Wear a helmet. It could save your life!
  • Avoid distractions such as listening to music.
  • Look for obstacles in the road, such as storm drains.
  • Make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians when possible.
  • If riding in the dark, wear reflective materials and brightly colored clothing.
wear a helmet

Follow North Carolina Traffic Laws

  • Ride on the right in the same direction as other traffic.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Equip bicycles with a front lamp visible from 300 feet and a rear reflector that is visible from a distance of 200 feet.
  • Use hand signals to communicate intended movements.

Riding Around Campus

  • Bikes are permitted on brick paths, but pedestrians have the right-of-way.
  • Alert pedestrians by saying, “Passing on your left/right” or by ringing a bell.
  • Ride at a safe and reasonable speed and be considerate of others using the path.
  • If riding in the road, take the lane and only move to the right if safe for cars to pass.
  • Try not to be hesitant or do things that motorists and other travelers may not be expecting.
  • When passing parked cars, watch for people opening doors and leave a buffer between the cars.
  • Be aware of “Right Hook” situations. Cars may be turning when cyclists are going straight through an intersection.
Hand Signals
Right Hook Situations

Bicycle Maintenance

  • Test brakes periodically. Brakes should grip firmly and smoothly when applied.
  • Keep tires at correct air pressure. The recommended air pressure is stamped on the side of the tire.
  • Lightly oil the chain with chain lube by spinning the pedals while dripping lubricant over the moving chain.
  • Get tune-ups on a regular basis or visit the ReCYCLEry to learn more about bike repair.

How to Cycle Video