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Bike Safety Tips

Plan your route

Choose the most bike-friendly route by checking the Howard County Bikeshare Map or App. Choose the most bike-friendly route by prioritizing pathways, streets with bike lanes, and calm streets with slow speeds. 

Inspect your Bike

Safety first – make sure to check that your bike is in top shape before going for a ride:

  • Check the dashboard to take a look at the charge. If the screen is blank, wake the bike up by pressing the horn.

  • Adjust the seat height to the perfect fit.

  • Check the tire pressure by squeezing the tires. Low or flat? Checkout another bike.

  • Ensure that both brakes work by giving them a squeeze.

  • Riding at night? Check to make sure the front and back lights are flashing.

If you have any problems while riding the bike, stop and call us at 1-888-369-5568.

Please wear a helmet

​While it’s not a requirement to wear a helmet, Howard County Bikeshare strongly encourages helmet use to reduce the probability of a head injury in the event of a crash. 

Choose an appropriate type and size for your head. Take the time to adjust your helmet correctly, it should not move forward or backward on your head. In order to be comfortable and properly protected, you should be able to put no more than two fingers in the space between the chinstrap and your skin.


Respect the Rules of the Road

By law, bicycle riders must:

  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs

  • Travel in same direction as motor vehicles

Ride Safely

  • ​Please wear a helmet when riding.

  • Do not use headphones or earbuds when riding.

  • Ride at least 3 feet away from parked cars to avoid opening doors.

  • ​Make yourself visible and be confident to take the full lane when needed.

  • ​Look for pedestrians crossing the street.

  • ​Pay attention to obstacles on the road.

Be predictable

  • Don’t make sudden turns and stops.

  • ​Use hand signals when stopping, slowing, or turning.

  • ​Be aware of your surroundings, including checking behind you.

​Make eye contact with other road and pathway users to ensure they see you.