The League of American Bicyclists’ five Rules of the Road will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding. Learn more about their Smart Cycling program.
- Follow the law: your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
- Be predictable: make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
- Be conspicuous: ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.
- Think ahead: anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
- Ride ready: check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
Bike Safety PSA
Chico Velo is working to make bicycling safer in our community. In addition to our other advocacy programs, we are currently featuring Bike Safety Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) on local TV (Channel 7). See our newest Bike Safety PSA below.
Bike Safety Skills Classes
The League of American Bicyclists provides a great bike safety training program. Learn more about it here. Chico currently has six “League Certified Instructors” (LCI’s) and we’re working on getting more. If you would like to organize a bike safety training course for your school, business or organization, let us know and we can put together a program to meet your needs!
You can report road hazards (anything from missing signage to potholes to debris in the road) by emailing the city of Chico street maintenance department.
Safe Bike Routes
A big part of staying safe is in choosing your route wisely. The City of Chico maintains and publishes an excellent bike route map, and it's free! Get your copy at any local bike shop, city hall, or come on down to our office at 125 W 3rd St Suite 210 (map), upstairs between Made in Chico and Sweet Chico, and pick one up today! Or click on the map below to download your own PDF version.
Other Safety Resources