Bicycle Safety & Resources

Like any mode of transportation, it’s your responsibility to know the rules of the road and use caution when interacting with other bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorized vehicles. See below for applicable state laws, city ordinances, and campus regulations.


Cyclists:

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals. Stop at stop signs and red lights, just like you would if you were driving a car.
  • Go with the flow. Never ride against the direction of traffic.
  • Plan your route: Use the bike lane if one is available, or ride in the right 1/3 of the right-most lane if there isn’t a bike lane. Ride in the center of the lane on roads with sharrow markings.
  • Use front and rear lights at night or in low-visibility conditions. Bright or reflective clothing is recommended, as are helmets and other safety gear.
  • Be predictable. Make eye contact with motorists, and use hand signals to indicate your intentions.
  • Only park at bike racks: Bicycles locked to anything other than a bike rack are subject to impoundment.
  • Always yield to pedestrians: Give audible warning or dismount to pass when sidewalks are crowded or narrow.
  • Go slow on the sidewalk: Dismount and walk your bike if the sidewalk is congested, such as during class change.
  • Ride only on paved surfaces. Don’t take shortcuts through the grass.

Motorists:

  • Open With Caution: Instead of using your near hand to open your car door, use your far hand. This causes you to swivel your body, which allows you to see any oncoming bicycles and avoid opening your car door in their path.
  • Don’t Speed or Text: Follow posted speed limits and follow distracted driving laws; don’t text while your vehicle is in motion.
  • Every Lane is a Bike Lane: Bicyclists have a right to the road so please be alert and patient. Expect cyclists on the road at any time. It is illegal to use a bike lane as a turn lane, for loading/unloading, or to park.
  • Be Alert: Check your mirrors. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists, yielding to them at crosswalks and intersections. Scan for cyclists before turning across a bike lane, driveway or onto another road.
  • Pass with Care: Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way. A minimum of three feet is required by law when passing cyclists. Stay behind cyclists when you are turning right.

Motor Scooter Users:

  • Use Appropriate Travel Avenues: Scooters, motor scooters and motorcycles are not permitted to drive or travel on sidewalks, bike paths, bike lanes or lawns.
  • Utilize Appropriate Parking Areas: Scooters, mopeds and motorcycles must use moped/motorcycle parking areas on campus. These areas are conveniently located throughout campus and are marked by the presence of signage, green lines or both. Scooters, motorcycles and motor scooters are not authorized to park at bicycle racks.

For more information about sharing the road, visit www.lexingtonky.gov/bikewalklex.