Bicycle Safety


Need a helmet?

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Need a helmet?  The Onondaga County Traffic Safety Program coordinates the Bicycle Safety Program for the Onondaga County Bicycle Safety Coalition (OCBSC). OCBSC is dedicated to bicycle safety and helmet use. Additionally, they sponsor a low cost helmet program throughout the county. Call the Traffic Safety Program at 435-3007 for helmet information and sale locations. Visit for more information & safety tips.

Safety First

The Vision of the CNY Pathways group (a subcommittee of F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse) is to make Central New York a healthy place where all human modes of travel are safe, accessible, and easy; and to support healthy neighborhoods.

Riding a bike or taking a walk is a lot of fun – if done SAFELY.  Safety is essential when encouraging people of all ages to travel on wheels and on foot!

Wheeler Safety (bicyclists, skateboarders, in-line skaters)

As a Bicyclist, Skateboarder, or In-Line Skater:

    • Always wear a helmet (The law in Onondaga County requires youth between the ages of 1 and 18 to wear a helmet while bicycling, inline skating, on skateboards and on scooters).
    • Follow the rules of the road:  bicyclists, skateboarders and in-line skaters are required to follow the same laws and rules of the road as motorists.  Two of the most important:
      • Ride WITH traffic
    • Bicyclists must signal when turning or stopping
  •  Ride predictably!  Ride in a straight line and avoid swerving into traffic.  Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly.
  •  Use the Proper Equipment
Bike Hand Signals

Hand Signals for Bicyclists

According to NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law, a bicycle must be equipped with:

  • A brake which is capable of making the bike tires skid on dry level pavement.
  • A bell, horn or other device that can be heard at least a hundred feet away. Sirens and whistles are not permitted.
  • Bicycles driven between a half-hour after sunset and a half-hour before sunrise must be equipped with a white front headlight visible in darkness for at least 500 feet, and a red or amber taillight visible for at least 300 feet.
  • A bicycle, when purchased new and/or driven at night, must have reflective tires, or wide-angle, spoke-mounted reflectors. Reflectors must be colorless or amber for front wheels, and colorless or red for rear wheels.
  • See NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law

As a Motorist:

  • Share the Road with Cyclists.
  • Drive cautiously – reduce your speed.
  • Yield to cyclists.  Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way.
  • Be Considerate – don’t blast your horn when driving next to a cyclist.  Look for bicyclists before opening car doors .
  • Pass with care, leaving enough room for the cyclist.
  • Watch for children on bicycles – they are unpredictable.

Web Sites with Additional Information on Bicycling Safely