Bike Safety Information

Bike Hand Signals

Basic Safety Tips for Bicycle Riders:

  • Obey all traffic laws. In New Jersey, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles.

    • ride on the right
    • obey all signals
    • travel no more than two abreast when traffic is not impeded
    • ride with traffic, NOT against it
    • review NJDOT biking regulations
  •  Wear an approved bicycle helmet.

  • Make sure your bicycle fits you and is in good working order. Inspect the following before each ride to make sure your bicycle is in good working order:

    • tires/wheels
    • brakes
    • chain
    • lights
    • reflectors
    • bell
    • seat height
  • Wear comfortable reflective clothing conducive to weather conditions (not too baggy)

  • Ride within your abilities

    • avoid busy streets
    • ride a properly sized bicycle
  • Understand how to properly signal turns, lane changes and stopping

    • left turn: fully extend your left arm out to the side
    • right turn: fully extend your right arm out to the side or bend your left arm up at a right angle with your hand flat.
    • slowing or stopping: extend your left arm out at a right angle with your hand open