When you ride your bike in traffic, you are a driver. Wear your “crash helmet.” A bike helmet could save your life. Don’t hit the road without a helmet.
Always Follow the Rules of the Road
Ride Right - with the traffic, to the right side of your lane. Always look back, signal, and check for traffic before you make any turns or leave your driveway. Otherwise, you may become extinct! Stop at all stop signs and lights, too. You are a driver now!
Pedestrians get to go first. Yield the right of way, and keep a sharp lookout for danger in every direction at all times-just as car drivers do. Allow four feet between you and parked cars. A careless driver could be opening a door in your path!
If you ride with your friends, don’t hog the road. Two side by side is the limit. If the lane can be safely shared with a car, the law is “single file.” Be courteous to faster traffic. Don’t cause a traffic jam. Let them pass when it’s safe, but hold your lane.
Make sure your vehicle works the way it should. Check your brakes and tire pressure, and make sure the handlebars don’t wobble-every time you ride.
If you must ride when it’s dark, be safe; be seen! Texas Law requires your vehicle to have a white light in front and a reflector in the back. Light-colored clothing with reflective patches and reflective wheel strips also helps you be seen.
Report Drunk Drivers or Hazardous Traffic
To report drunk drivers or hazardous traffic conditions in the state of Texas, call 800-525-5555 or 911.