Bike Safety

Bike Safety 2018-04-19T13:10:49+00:00

What are the laws related to bicycling in New Jersey?

Obey all traffic laws, sign and signals and ride with the flow of traffic. You can find a complete list of laws covering bicycles in New Jersey on the New Jersey Department of Transportation website here. You can also find more information on the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center website here.

Should I ride with or against traffic?

You must ride in the same direction as cars. A bicyclist must obey all traffic laws, signs and signals, for example, stopping at red lights and stop signs.

What are good places to ride in Camden?

There are bicycles lanes provided along roadways in various locations throughout the city. For information on bicycle trails located in Camden, see: the Camden GreenWay website here and the Circuit Trails website here.

Can I ride a bike on the sidewalk?

While riding a bicycle on a sidewalk is not prohibited by New Jersey statutes, some municipalities have passed ordinances prohibiting bicycle traffic on certain sidewalks. This prohibition is usually posted. It should be noted, that sidewalks are for pedestrians. Riding on sidewalks can cause conflicts with pedestrians and, like wrong way riding, can lead to crashes since it places bicyclists in situations where others do not expect them. Except for very young cyclists under parental supervision, sidewalks are not for bicycling.

Isn’t riding on the road unsafe?

It depends on a rider’s confidence and competence and the road. Statistics indicate bicycling is about as safe as driving or riding in a car. Local streets and bicycle compatible streets are generally easier than busy arterials.

You should practice your bike riding skills and make sure you know the rules of the road so you can ride with confidence. If you encounter difficult situations beyond your skills, such as at a busy intersection, you can always stop, dismount and walk your bike.

Who has the right of way, a bicyclist or a pedestrian?

Bicyclists, like motorists, must yield the right of way to pedestrians.

How do I make a left turn at a busy intersection?

With the proper skills and experience, a bicyclist may move to the left (after checking other traffic) to the left side of the lane or into a left turn lane and execute a left turn, as would other vehicular traffic. If conditions seem too difficult to do this, a bicyclist can always ride to the far corner, reposition themselves on the crossing street and proceed when they have the right of way; or, they can dismount and walk across the road, then remount and proceed.