Bike Safety


Bike safe, TahoeBiking on a road:

  • Bike the same direction with traffic
  • Be visible: use lights, reflectors and bright clothing
  • Be courteous, bike single file and on the right
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Obey all signs & signals hand signal your intentions

Biking on a path:

  • Share the bike path with other users
  • Bike on the right
  • Pass slowly on the left
  • Bike at an appropriate speed
  • Be kind

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Ten more tips for biking in Tahoe:

1. Keep your bike properly maintained.
Before the beginning of your ride make certain your brakes and gears work properly and your tires are inflated. Carry along a spare tire tube and patch kit, know how to use it, and have an air pump in the event of a flat tire.

2. Wear a helmet.
It’s a great way to stay safe for anyone riding a bicycle, and in California it’s the law for anyone under 18.

3. Ride in the same direction as traffic flow.
Riding against the traffic direction is not only illegal, it’s highly dangerous. Motorists are less less likely to see you in time to avoid a collision, and the higher speed of any collision is more likely to cause you serious or fatal injuries.

4. Stop at all stop signs and red traffic lights.
You and the bicycle are a vehicle with the same rights and responsibilities as an automobile. Obey all traffic laws.

5. Use proper hand signals when turning, stopping, or changing lanes.
This alerts other road users of your intentions.

6. Ride in a straight line and in a single file.
When we’re riding a bike, we all want drivers to avoid hitting us. Help drivers predict where you will be: ride in a straight line. Many roads do not have enough width to safely ride side by side so ride in single file and be safe.

7. Be seen: use lights (white in front and red in back), reflectors, and reflective clothing during darkness.
Both California and Nevada state law require lights and reflectors while bicycling at night. Be seen and be safe.

8. Ride to the right if you are moving slower than other traffic, unless you are turning left, passing another bicycle or vehicle, or avoiding hazards.

9. Do not impair your senses.
Wearing headphones on both ears or riding your bike while under the influence of drugs or alcohol puts you and others are risk. People riding bikes are still subject to DUI citations.

10. Walk your bike when using a crosswalk.


To travel safely around Tahoe, check out our new, interactive, online bike map!


Thanks to our sponsors for the Bike Coalition’s safety campaign:

  • Bike the West
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Tahoe Daily Tribune
  • Caltrans
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Nevada Department of Transportation
  • KRLT 93.9 FM – The Lake
  • Lake Tahoe TV
  • KTKE 101.5 FM – Truckee Tahoe Radio
  • KOWL 1490 AM – The Owl
  • South Lake Tahoe Police Department
  • Nevada Highway Patrol
  • Granite Construction Supply & Sign Shop
  • Tahoe South | Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority