Safety Rules

Safety Rules and Tips for All Riders

  • HELMETS are mandatory!
  • It’s a good idea to carry your smart phone with you. Carry ID and contact information as well.
  • Ride in single file. Bicyclists are never allowed to impede traffic. There may be times where bicycles may travel 2 abreast when traffic is not impeded. It is a traffic violation to ride more than 2 abreast.
  • The use of headphones and/or loud speakers is NOT permitted.
  • Follow the same traffic rules you would if you were driving a car.
  • Be mindful of other cyclists.
  • Do not follow too closely behind other bicycles.
  • All riders are very strongly encouraged to bring (and use) a rear red light to increase rider visibility and safety.
  • New Jersey State law: “A bicycle must be equipped with a bell or other audible device that can be heard at least 100 feet away, but not a siren or whistle”.
  • Let other riders, and motorists, know what you are doing.
  • Pass only on the left, and call out “On your left!” when passing.   
  • Use hand signals when turning or when stopping.
  • Check for any approaching vehicles before changing lanes.
  • Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.
  • All riders must comply with NJ traffic laws as they apply to bicycles.
  • When passing through an intersection do not call out “CLEAR”. Though many cyclist do this, it is not safe: what may be CLEAR for you may not be CLEAR for the riders behind you. Every rider must make that determination themselves.

Additional Safety Information

Bicycle Street SmartsNew Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Law
BicycleSafe.comNew Jersey Bicycling Manual

Enjoy Your Ride!