Bicycle Safety

Laws: 


Riding a bike is a healthy, fun and safe activity. However, it isn't without some risk. The following information highlights 13 areas of law that may minimize that risk and have the potential to reduce conflicts between bikes and cars (and other traffic). Click here to learn more. 

12 Rules of the Road
  1. Obey all traffic regulations - Red and green lights, stop signs and highway directions 
  2. Keep to the right...Follow traffic - Always ride in a straight line, never weave in and out
  3. Have proper lights front and rear - Never ride at night unless you have a white headlamp in front and state approved red reflector in the rear
  4. Have a proper signaling device - Warn others of your approach with a horn or bell
  5. Yield the right of way to pedestrians - Avoid the sidewalks and use care at crosswalks
  6. Watch out for cars - Beware of cars pulling out or doors opening unexpectedly
  7. Never hitch rides - Hanging on a moving vehicle while riding is extremely dangerous
  8. Always ride alone - Bikes made for one rider should never carry two -- don't overload
  9. Check your brakes - Be sure they work efficiently and safely without squeak or failure
  10. Watch the intersections - Slow down and look to the right and left before crossing
  11. Use hand signals - Let the other driver know your intent, use hand signals
  12. Never weave or swerve - Unexpected moves cause accidents.  Ride safely and watch out for the other rider



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Rules of the Road, Biking Dangers 

Share the Road

State Law Requires that bicyclists abide by the same basic rules as all other road users. By obeying the laws and riding predictably, you make it easier for everyone to share the road.  Following these guidelines will reduce your risk of collision or fines, and help to show that bikes have a positive presence on the streets of Gulf Shores. 

  • Always ride with traffic, never against it
  • Obey traffic signs and signals, an observe other's right-of-way
  • Don't pass other vehicles within the same lane
  • Stay visible, predictable, and assertive
  • Control speed on Gulf Shores' trails and give three feet when passing 
State Law Requires that bicyclists abide by the same basic rules as all other road users. By obeying the laws and riding predictably, you make it easier for everyone to share the road.  Following these guidelines will reduce your risk of collision or fines, and help to show that bikes have a positive presence on the streets of Gulf Shores. 

  • Always ride with traffic, never against it
  • Obey traffic signs and signals, an observe other's right-of-way
  • Don't pass other vehicles within the same lane
  • Stay visible, predictable, and assertive
  • Control speed on Gulf Shores' trails and give three feet when passing