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University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services: Bike E-newsletter
September 10, 2013

Bicyclists: Drive Safe and Be Aware – Share the Road

With the start of fall semester, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is urging cyclists, pedestrians and motorists to use caution when interacting with each other. As part of these efforts, we are sending safety tips to both cyclists and drivers alike.

PTS, in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wants to promote safety on our roads.

Cyclists and motorists have the same rights, rules and responsibilities on most Kentucky roads. Below are some tips for safe and legal bicycling.

  • Respect the Red: Obey traffic rules for safety and to gain respect from motorists. Never ride against traffic. It is illegal and unsafe.
  • Be Safe, Be Seen: Use front and rear lights and wear bright clothing. Be predictable and make eye contact with motorists, and use hand signals to indicate your intentions.
  • Pass with Care: A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing vehicles.
  • Wear a Helmet: Helmet use dramatically reduces the risks of brain injury and death for cyclists involved in accidents.

Riding on Sidewalks Safely

Some campus sidewalks have been designated as shared sidewalks and, under certain conditions, serve as important connections for cyclists. These shared sidewalks are wide, do not run parallel to vehicular traffic and connect important campus destinations.  Even so, these walks were designed for pedestrian traffic and bicyclists should always yield.

If you choose to ride your bike on any campus sidewalk, please follow these basic rules:

  • Go slow. Sidewalks are not designed for speeds faster than a slow jog.
  • Always yield to pedestrians. Give audible warning, or dismount to pass when sidewalks are crowded or narrow.
  • Check every cross street and driveway. Vehicles often pull across the sidewalk before entering traffic or turn into driveways without scanning very far down the street.
  • Only cross the street at crosswalks. Darting into the street mid-block is very dangerous.

For more information about sharing the road with motorists and pedestrians, visit For a complete list of local bike ordinances, visit

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