Bike Safety

CycleCT-web.jpgCycle CT in Cranberry Learn more about the Bike and Pedestrian Plan; plus, a map of designated bikeways.

  • Wear a Helmet – Everyone age 12 and under must wear a helmet under Pennsylvania law, however all riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet when riding.
  • Before Riding, Check Your Bike – Check your air pressure, brakes, and chains before riding. 
  • Be Visible – Wear brightly colored clothes, never weave in and out of traffic or parked cars, and use lights when riding at night. Be safe. Be smart. Be seen. 
  • Share the Road – As a motorist, it’s important to remember and respect that bicyclists are permitted by law to operate on roads. Motorists must give bicyclists a four-foot buffer when passing.
  • Ride with Traffic – Ride on the right side of the road. Slower traffic should keep to the right. Bicyclists should also respect motorists, and by law, must make reasonable efforts to not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.
  • Sidewalks – Bicyclists are by law, not permitted to ride on sidewalks in business districts, or whenever a bike lane is available. However, when you must ride on the sidewalk, exercise caution and remember that pedestrians always have the right of way.
  • Trails – Pedestrians have the right-of-way on bicycle paths. You must give an audible signal as you approach and pass a pedestrian.
  • Obey All Traffic Laws – Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals, and are subject to the same penalties and fines motorists are for failing to do so.
  • Ride Alertly - Always be scanning for hazards and assume that motorists do not see you.
  • Cross Carefully – When approaching an intersection, look left, look right, look left again, and then look over your shoulder be entering the intersection. 
  • Be Predictable – Always use caution when turning or merging with traffic, using the appropriate hand signals.
  • Maintain Control of your Bike – Operate only in areas where you feel confident and never bike under the influence.

Sharing the Road

Brendan Linton created these videos for his Seneca Valley Senior Project in April 2013.
He explains the proper way to share the road with bicycles, pedestrians, and motorists. Plus, he reviews details of the Township's pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure plans.  Police officers are trained on the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists, as well as Pennsylvania law regarding passing clearances for bike riders.

Pennsylvania Law requires motorists to give bicyclists a four foot buffer when passing

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To make a left turn; first safely merge to the middle of the lane. Turn when it is safe and legal to do so.

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To avoid hitting opening doors, it is recommended to ride at least four feet away from cars parked on the street.

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This online manual  reviews safe bicycling on public roads and streets. For more information, contact: PA Dept. of Transportation Bureau of Highway Safety & Traffic Engineering Office/Safety Management Division, 717-787-6853. PennDOT, August 2009.