Winter in Cleveland is coming—but on days when Northeast Ohio weather is cooperating, a bicycle or scooter can still be a quick way to get you where you need to go. Before you start riding, Case Western Reserve Public Safety wants to remind you of several precautions to keep yourself, pedestrians and other riders safe:

  • Always wear a helmet! Helmets are sold at the Thwing Center info counter for $12.
  • Announce yourself. Make your presence known when passing walkers by saying something like: “passing on the left.” 
  • Pedestrians always have the right of way. Always use designated bike lanes on the street whenever available. If you’re in a crowded area, please walk your wheels.
  • Cars can’t see you. Remember to ride where drivers can see you, wear bright clothing, use a front white and rear red light, and don’t ride on sidewalks.
  • Follow the law. You have the same rights and duties as drivers.
  • Be predictable. Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Signal turns and ride in a straight line.
  • 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.

When you’re not riding, always make sure to 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.