Bike Lanes & Paths


  • Yield to slower users, especially children.
  • Obey posted speed limits for the safety of all users.
  • Get off the path when you stop.

Announce When Passing

  • Clearly indicate your intention to pass other users.
  • Warn other trail users in advance so you do not startle them.
  • Use a bell, horn, or say "On your left," or "Passing on your left" when passing.

Yield When Entering and Crossing

  • Slow down before intersections and when entering a trail from the road.

Keep Right

  • Stay as close to the right as possible, except when passing.
  • Give yourself enough room to maneuver around any hazards.

Pass on Left

  • Scan ahead and behind before announcing your intention to pass.
  • Allow plenty of room, about two bike lengths, before moving back to the right.
  • Do not pass when visibility ahead is limited.

Be Predictable

  • Travel in a straight line, except to avoid hazards or to pass.
  • Always indicate your intention to turn or pass.

Be Visible

  • Wear brightly colored clothing.
  • Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there (but don't always expect them to see you).
  • Always ride in or near a travel lane.
  • Stay visible by riding where drivers are looking, i.e., do not pass on the right.

At Night - Conspicuity

  • Legally, cyclists must have a front white light and a red rear reflector and/or a rear red light.
  • A bright red [blinking] light is much more conspicuous than a passive reflector.
  • Make sure that your lights are visible to motorists, and not pointing up or down.
  • Clear obstructions from the back of the bike that might block the light.

Tips for Drivers

  • Leave at least three feet of passing space between the right side of your vehicle and a bicyclist.
  • Reduce your speed when passing a cyclist, especially if the roadway is narrow.
  • Children on bicycles are often unpredictable in their actions. Expect the unexpected.
  • Further information can be found at the Maryland State Highway Administration safety website "Choose Safety For Life."