Safety

Riding Safety Basics

Wear a Helmet

Crashes happen. A study of 64,000 cyclists found that helmets reduce the risk of serious head injury in a crash by nearly 70%, so wear a properly adjusted helmet each time you ride. 

Use Front & Rear Lights

In low light, bikes must have front and rear lights visible from 300 feet, but even in daylight, motorists may need up to 1,300 feet to react properly to a situation.

 

Stand Out

Bright colors in the day and reflective material at night contrast with the road environment. Highlight the movement of the lower leg to help drivers see and react to you sooner.

 

Ensure Ride Readiness

Before each ride, complete the ABC Quick Test: tires for Air, test Brakes, Chain, and Crank-arms, and ensure Quick-releases are tight. 

Follow Rules of the Road

Bikes are legally vehicles. Learn more about the rights and responsibilities of cyclists from free campus safety classes. 

Think Ahead

Constantly scan the road for turning vehicles, car doors opening, road hazards, and other people.

Rules of the Road

Bikes are legally vehicles, and cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. All state and local laws pertaining to bicycles will be enforced on campus, in addition to Georgia Tech policy.

  • Obey all traffic signs and signals
  • Stop at all stop signs and red lights
  • Ride on the road in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic; do not ride on the sidewalk
  • Bikes may utilize the vehicular traffic lane, when appropriate
  • Yield to pedestrians; on a shared path, slow down, announce your presence, pass on the left, and allow at least three feet of clearance
  • All bikes must have front and rear lights visible from 300 feet in low light
  • On campus, bikes may only be locked to bike racks
  • Campus bike racks are for short-term parking; bikes left for extended periods will be tagged and removed per campus policy

For more information regarding the rights and responsibilities of cyclists in Georgia, please consult the Bicyclist Pocket Guide from Georgia Bikes.

Protect Your Brain

“The principles of physics and a little common sense tell us that helmets must provide some protection, even if the degree of that protection can be disputed. If you personally had the choice of hitting your head on the pavement with or without the protection of a helmet, which would you choose? It seems to me to be a no-brainer.” -Harriet Hall, M.D. “The Skep Doc"

Helmet Resources on Campus

Helmets are available for $12 from Parking and Transportation, located at 828 W. Peachtree Street, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5pm. 

Attendees of the Ride Smart bike/scooter safety class may receive a free helmet thanks to the Jim Kirk Bicycle Safety Fund.

How to Properly Adjust a Helmet

1. Place the helmet on your head so that it is level and about 1" above your eyebrows.

2. Adjust the pads or rear dial to achieve a secure fit.

3. Slide the straps on both sides to form a "Y" just under and in front of your ear.

4. Fasten and adjust the chin strap so that there is no more than a finger space under the strap.

5. Test the fit. Push the helmet in all directions; there should be no more than 1" of movement in any direction.

Safety Classes and Events

What to Do After a Crash

If you are involved in a crash, follow our crash checklist:

  1. Safety First
    Make sure that everyone is okay.
  2. Call 911
    Though an incident may seem minor, reports from crashes help to improve road safety and may be required by insurance companies.
  3. Safety Last
    Check for damage to your helmet and bike. Thoroughly perform the ABC Quick Check before riding your bike. If your helmet is cracked or damaged, replace it.