Man rides a bike outdoors in the park on a sunny day at sunset
Man rides a bike outdoors in the park on a sunny day at sunset.

10 bike safety tips to keep in mind as the weather warms

Spring in Cleveland is here! Clear the dust off of your bikes, skateboards and scooters and get ready to explore University Circle—while keeping in mind some safety tips from Case Western Reserve University’s Dean of Students’ Office and the Division of Public Safety. 

With the increase in traffic also comes increased safety risks, so read on to learn how to keep yourself, pedestrians and other riders safe.

  1. Always wear a helmet! Helmets are sold at the Thwing Center information desk for $12.
  2. Announce yourself to pedestrians when coming up behind them on a bike or scooter. Make your presence known by saying something like, “passing on the left.” 
  3. Pedestrians always have the right of way.
  4. Always use designated bike lanes on the street whenever available. If you’re in a crowded area, please walk your wheels. Don’t ride on sidewalks, especially in busy business districts.
  5. Cars can’t always see you. Remember to ride where drivers can see you, wear bright clothing—especially at night—and use a front white and rear red light. 
  6. Follow the law. You have the same rights and duties as drivers.
  7. Be predictable. Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Signal turns and ride in a straight line.
  8. Think ahead. Anticipate the movements of other road users. Keep an eye out for hazards so you are prepared to pass safely rather than swerving at the last minute.
  9. Always follow traffic signals, whether as a pedestrian or cyclist. Pay attention to what is going on around you and don’t be distracted by electronics or other devices.
  10. When you’re not riding, always secure your bike or park your scooter in the appropriate designated area to keep walkways accessible and clear for pedestrians—do not chain bikes to signs, posts or handrails.

Need a bike lock? Undergraduate students get a free U-Lock when they register their bikes for free with CWRU police.

You can learn more about bike safety by visiting the League of American Bicyclists’ website for convenient guides and information on things like choosing the right helmet, what to wear and signaling.