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Safety

Indianapolis has been recognized throughout the world for its bicycle infrastructure and protected paths downtown. Even in densely motorized areas there are options for a bicyclist to have a safe and fun ride.

Some Basic Rules of the Road:

Riding on the sidewalk is discouraged. Many accidents involving bicycles and cars happen as a result of bicyclists riding on the sidewalk because the cars don’t see them until it's too late. The only exception to this rule is if the sidewalk is part of a designated bike route or the rider is accessing a Pacers Bikeshare Station or other bike parking facility.

"Ride to the Right". When you are riding WITH the flow of traffic be sure you are at a safe distance to the right as possible. Riding against the flow of traffic is incredibly dangerous. This is a common offense and accounts for the highest number of car-bike collisions.

Pedestrians have the right-of-way, and you should always announce your presence if you are passing a pedestrian or another cyclist.

Always pass on the left. Announce "on your left!" and proceed to ride ahead of the other cyclist or pedestrian.

Use hand signals to show direction change. With those signals always look over your shoulder and give yourself enough time to safely change lanes or cross the street.

Stop lights and stop signs apply to you- the cyclist- just as much as the car next to you.

Safety First: Helmets

Please wear a Helmet. Even a minor fall or accident can cause serious head injuries. If you don't already own one, see a list below of local spots where you may rent or purchase a helmet. 

A1 Cyclery
317-241-4660 6847 W. Washington St
Bicycle Garage Indy
(BGI)
317-612-3099 242 E. Market St
(West Wing of City Market)
BGI 317-579-79204340 E. 82nd St
BGI 317-885-7194997 E. County Line Rd
Bicycle Outfitters-Indy 317-879-50311309 S. High School Rd.
Circle City Bicycles & Gifts 317-786-92445506 Madison Ave
DG Bicycles 317-257-2453 1536 E. 86th St
Gray Goat Sports Inc. 317-780-4628 7750 S. Meridian St
Indy Cycle Specialist 317-356-45855804 E. Washington St
Joe's Cycles317-960-4839 2242 S. Shelby St.
Matthews Bicycle Mart 317-762-04507272 Pendleton Pike
Motion Cycling and Fitness 317-813-74339530 E. 126th St
Nebo Ridge Bicycles 317-471-1089 4335 W. 106th St, Suite 900
Performance Bicycle 317-578-10628366 Castleton Corner Dr
8830 US Route 31 South
REI 317-585-19388490 Castleton Corner Dr
T3 Multisport 317-257-11172508 E. 146th St.
The Bike Line, Inc. (Cornell)
The Bike Line, Inc. (Carmel)
317-253-2611
317-815-1122 
6520 Cornell Ave
724 S. Rangeline Rd
Carmel Cyclery 317-575-8588230 W. Carmel Dr
Gear Up Cyclery 317-203-5045124 W. Main St

 

Additional Safety Tips
Don't Get Doored. When you are riding in a bike lane, or just riding on the right side of the road that is lined with parked cars, you should always be aware that a door could open at any time.

Use lights, brightly colored clothing, reflective clothing, and even ride a brightly colored bike (say, yellow?)! This allows other cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles to see where you are.

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