Safety

Ride Smart Bike/Scooter Safety Class

Step 1: Access the class and learn 
Ride Smart Quiz Link
Step 2: Complete the quiz
Step 3: Pick up your helmet

Riding Safety Basics

Wear a Helmet

Wear a properly adjusted helmet each time you ride. Helmets reduce the risk of serious head injury in a crash by 63-88% and facial injury by 65%.

Stand Out

Wear bright colors and reflective elements to contrast with the road environment. Consider a bright backpack cover, jacket, and socks to highlight the movement of the lower leg.

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.

Ensure Your Ride is Safe

Whether your own bike or are using a shared scooter, before each ride, complete the ABC Quick Test: check tires for Air, Brakes, Chain, and Crank-arms, and ensure Quick-releases are tight.

Ride Alert

Minimize distractions while you ride. Constantly scan the road for turning vehicles, car doors opening, road hazards, and other people.

Follow Rules of the Road

Bikes are legally vehicles and must follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles, including following all traffic signs and signals and riding with the flow of traffic.

Rules of the Road

Bikes are legally vehicles, and riders 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 riders in Georgia, please consult the Bicyclist Pocket Guide from Georgia Bikes.

Helmet Resources on Campus

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

Helmets are available for $12 from Parking and Transportation at 770 Spring Street inside the E81-Tech Square/GT Hotel parking deck from 7:30am-5pm.

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.

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.