How to Not Get a Ticket
Tips for a safe, sociable, citation-free ride
The best way to avoid a ticket is to ride responsibly and obey the rules of the road. Here are a few tips from the Bicycle Coalition to being a respectful and safe bicycle rider. Sign up for one of our Urban Cycling Workshops, they're free and filled with great information on safe, confident cycling in the city!
Ride predictably — Ride so other people can guess where you're going and what you're going to do. Don't weave in and out of traffic, or make sudden unannounced turns or stops, or dart across a crowded sidewalk — ride in a straight, smooth line in the street, where drivers and others can see you and see where you're going, away from car doors and blind spots.
Don't be a right-of-way thief — Take your turn at stop signs. Learn to recognize right-of-way and "give way" as appropriate, and you'll be doing everyone a big favor.
Don't ride on the sidewalk — It may seem to be safer for you to ride your bike on the sidewalk, but it's almost always less safe for everyone, including yourself. Respect the pedestrian right-of-way and stay in the street, it's the law.
Signal your intent — Boost your predictability and get in the habit of signaling your turns. Using hand gestures is the best way to let everyone know what you're doing. You'll be surprised at how smoothly things go.
If you do get a ticket after all, check out our handy and informative Bike Traffic Ticket FAQ.
Looking for legal advice or help? Check out our list of Bicycle-Friendly Lawyers.