Ride Nice and Safe

Be part of a community of informed and safe riders, walkers, and drivers.

Be prepared.

Nice Ride strongly recommends wearing a helmet when you ride. Keep a helmet where you're likely to need it, like in you office or in your locker.

Know your rights and responsibilities

Bicycles are required to follow the same rules of the road as automobiles.

Obey traffic laws.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has made bicycle saftey a top priority. For a refresher on your rights and responsibilities see:www.sharetheroadmn.org

Be visible.
Check your headlight and tail light to ensure they are working. In low light, wear bright or reflective clothing.

Be predictable.
Drivers and walkers need to be able to anticipate your movements.

Signal turns and lane changes.
Keep control of your bike and use hand signals.

Ride in a straight predictable manner.
Don't ride between traffic lanes or weave in and out of parked cars.

  • Use bike lanes where provided.
  • Watch for car doors that may be opened.
  • Bike 3 to 4 feet from parked cars even in bike lanes.

Ride in the right-most lane that serves your destination on streets without bike lanes:

  • Don't ride in the gutter.
  • Use left turn lanes when turning left.
  • Be cautious of turning vehicles.
  • Pass other vehicles (including bikes) as you would if driving a car, signal and proceed with care.

Don't ride on the sidewalk.
Riding on the sidewalk can be dangerous for both bicyclists and pedestrians. Sidewalk riding is prohibited downtown and in business districts.

Communicate for confident cycling

Confident cyclists use non-verbal communication:

  • Hand signals tell drivers where you are going.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing an intersection in front of a car.
  • At a stop sign, put a foot down to signal that you are making a full stop.

See an Illustration of hand signals »

On trails, use your bell or say "on your left" to let riders and walkers know you are passing.

See how its done

View a video featuring League of American Cyclist certified instructors demonstrating techniques for urban riding.
Watch now »

Add your voice

Transit for Livable Communities and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota are important advocates for safe bikeways in the Twin Cities. Nice Ride Minnesota supports their efforts and encourages you to support them too. For updates on bike lane projects in Minneapolis, subscribe to Minneapolis bicycling email updates.

Get a helmet that fits!

Get a helmet!

Freewheel Bike offers 20% off Trek helmets to all Nice Ride Subscribers (bring your Nice Ride key or a receipt from any Nice Ride station). Pick-up a helmet at Freewheel's West Bank store or the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center.

Crossing an intersection

Turning left

To cross an intersection, use the lane farthest to the right that points to where you are going.
Follow lane markings to cross an intersection. If you can't get to the left turn lane, cross the street to the other side and align your bike with traffic.

Keep it on the street

Stick to the street

Don't ride on the sidewalk
It's dangerous and restricted in business districts.

Be Predictable

Be Predictable

Ride in a straight line.
Don't ride between traffic lanes or weave in and out of parked cars.

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