Safe Cycling

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Safe CYCLING

Online Traffic Skills Classes

$0 (regularly $25) - spaces are limited. Increase your safety and comfort while riding (and that of others around you). PTS is providing interactive courses by The Center for Cycling Education, which will also familiarize you with campus-specific regulations. Limited registrations available.

To get instant, no-cost access, visit the Traffic Skills Class page.

Get a ticket while cycling on campus? First, file an appeal. Make sure to put that you intend to take the Defensive Cycling Course in your appeal. You will then get 30 days to take the Ticket Dismissal version. PTS will be notified once you have completed the course.
 

General Safety Tips

speed limit - 15 mph The campus speed limit is 15 mph

While slower traffic should ride to the right, the average rider is traveling between 10-15 mph and should not feel pressured to give up their space in the lane for a car that assumes the bike is traveling too slowly.

use both hands Use both hands

Not only does this give you more balance and control, it helps you squeeze both brakes if you have to. In wet conditions, give yourself plenty of room and occasionally “bleed” the brakes of any grime or water build-up. Remember, your right hand is for your rear brake, not your cell phone.

rider with helmet Wear a helmet

Use common sense when riding a bike and WEAR A HELMET. Bicycle helmets help save lives and prevent serious injury to a rider’s head. Helmets can be purchased at any local bike shop or at The Kickstand.

bike with headlight Lights at night

At night, bikes might not be seen until it’s too late. The state law requires at least a white light in front with a red reflector or red light in the back. When purchasing these lights, remember, the brighter the better.

bike headed for a bus Bus etiquette

There are a lot of buses on campus that pull to the right-hand side of the road to load and unload passengers. Please be aware of buses and make sure not to pass them or other vehicles on the right-hand side.

 
bike sharing road with cars Same rights and same responsibilities

As a cyclist, you hold many of the same rights that automobile traffic has, but this also means you have the same responsibilities too. Obeying traffic signs and signaling are all part of riding a bike.

dangers of the road Be aware

Don’t rely on pedestrians or other vehicles to see you and take driving conditions into consideration. Another good suggestion is to ride predictably so others have an idea of what you are going to do.

weaving as a bad example Don’t dip between parked cars

It is courteous to allow a car behind to pass more easily, but when you merge back into traffic you may prove invisible to the next driver.

pedestrian in path of biker Yield to pedestrians

As a vehicle, you should yield to pedestrians. Walk your bike on sidewalks, walkways, and through designated dismount zones.

hand signal at stop sign Use Turn Signals

Use turn signals to let other vehicles know what you are doing. Make sure that you are visible to traffic while making your signal.


Riding Right

The law states that a bike must ride as far to the right as "practicable." This means you don't have to hug the curb and run over road hazards. If a lane is too narrow to accommodate both you and another vehicle then take the lane, especially on campus. Always ride in the rightmost lane traveling to your direction. If you need to go straight, stay out of the turn-only lane. This prevents you from merging in and out of traffic.
 

If you haven't been on a bike in years, you may need to re-adjust the way you see traffic and the road. Outside of a car, things like potholes and road debris are real hazards. Others, looking for/expecting a car, don't see you as well either. Pedestrians, car doors, and other cyclists may suddenly jump out in front of you. What would be a "fender-bender" in a car, can be a serious injury when on a bike. The best way to avoid these hazards is to see them coming, and ride predictably.


PTS Office
Trinity Parking Garage (TRG)
1815 Trinity St. (Map)

Open Monday - Friday
except official university holidays
Cashier Office: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Administrative Office: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 512-471-PARK (7275)
Fax: 512-232-9405

parking@www.utexas.edu
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