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Bicycle Safety

Not only is bike riding fun and exciting, it is a great way to explore Oro Valley.  While riding, you will be sharing the road or multi-purpose path with others.

Before You Ride Protect Your Head - Wear a Helmet

  • Studies have shown that using a bicycle helmet can reduce head injuries by up to 85%.  Select a helmet that has a snug, but comfortable fit
  • Look for helmet labels that show they are recommended by either the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation

Please note the Oro Valley Town Code, Section 11-3-16 Use of Bicycle Helmets for Minor (No person under 18 years of age shall ride a bicycle without a helmet).  Please be aware of Other Bicycle Laws.

Be Seen - Wear Proper Clothes

  • Wear clothes that make you more visible.  Clothing should be light in color and close-fitting to avoid being caught in the bicycle's moving parts.
  • When riding after dark, you must have a front lamp that gives a white light visible for at least 500 feet, as well as a front white reflector.  A rear red reflector or tail light must be visible for at least 300 feet.
  • Be sure that books and other loose items are secured to the bike or are carried in a backpack.

Remember to Look and Listen
The first step in riding safely is being able to see the others that are on the road/pathway with you.  This means looking quickly over your left or right shoulder to see if anyone is coming.  

As you ride, listen for the sounds that others may be coming up from behind.  By hearing these sounds early, you can more easily share the road/path with them.

Moving in Traffic
If you are riding your bike on the road the same as cars and trucks, you must obey the "Rules of the Road" like they do.  Some special rules for bike riders include:

  • Stay on the right side of the street, near the curb.  Move with traffic and watch for parked vehicles turning into traffic or vehicle doors opening suddenly
  • Ride in single file when you are with others
  • Obey all traffic signs, signals and road markings
  • Use hand signals to indicate a turn or stop
  • Walk your bike across all busy intersections
  • Do not carry passengers or packages.  These can cause you to lose control
  • Never weave from lane to lane or hitch a ride on moving vehicles
  • Let all pedestrians or vehicles go first when they are about to cross in front of you.

Multi-purpose paths are throughout Oro Valley
If you are bicycling on the multi-purpose paths, please remember that children, runners and walkers are also using them. Bike Map

Protection Against Theft
Simple precautions can deter would-be bike thieves.  Remember:  Most bikes that are stolen are not locked!

  • Always lock your bike securely, whether you're gone for a few minutes or a few hours
  • If your bike is at home, keep it in a locked garage or locked securely to a post, tree or other object.  Don't leave it unsecured in the yard or driveway
  • Locks:  Use a U-lock, securing both wheels and the frame to a stationary object, like a post, fence, tree or bike rack.  Or use a high quality lock and a case-hardened chain or cable, placing the chain through both wheels, the frame and around a stationary object.  You could even use both kinds of locks together for extra added security.
  • Record the serial number of your bike and keep it with the sales receipt and a photograph of your bike
  • Mark your bike with an identifier - your driver's license or your name (do NOT use your social security number)

Besides marking your bike, keep a record of the following information in a safe place:

  • Serial number
  • Brand name, model, color, speeds, boys or girls, size, are there fenders, new or used and any other descriptive information
  • Date purchased

If your bike is stolen, call the police immediately.  Tell them who you are, where and when the bike was stolen and give all descriptive information you have for the bike.

Bike Maintenance

  • Check your tires daily for air pressure and wear
  • Make sure the handle bars, seat and pedals are tight
  • Lubricate the chain and wheels often