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Cycling Tips

Sharing The Road

<<<(FAQ 6 of 11)>>>

Safe Lane Positioning

1. Ride on the right 

  • Ride in the same direction as traffic; stay far enough away from curb to avoid hazards   
  • Ride in the right third of the rightmost lane that goes in the direction you are going   
  • Take the entire lane if traveling the same speed as traffic or in a narrow lane 

    2. Visibility   
  • Always ride in or near a travel lane; stay visible by riding where drivers are looking   
  • Wear bright clothing at night as well as during the day   
  • Do not pass on the right; motorists are not looking for other vehicles there 

    3. Parked cars   
  • Ride in a straight line, not in and out of parked cars on the side of the road   
  • Beware of cars merging into the roadway from a parallel parking position   
  • Always ride far enough away from parked cars to avoid opening doors 

    4. Take the lane   
  • If there is insufficient road width for cyclists and cars   
  • When you're traveling the same speed as other traffic or if hazards narrow the road   
  • Before intersections and turns to assert your position on the roadway 

    5. Extra-wide lanes   
  • Do not ride completely to the right; you're more visible 3 to 4 feet away from traffic   
  • Also, tight-turning cars and cars entering will be more likely to see you before they turn   
  • Be careful of motorists passing on the right around left-turning vehicles

    Tip courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists (
  • Sharing The Road

    <<<(FAQ 6 of 11)>>>