Riding a bike is a healthy and fun activity as well as a mode of transportation for riders of all ages. Yet, the number of bicyclists who are killed or injured continues to increase nationally.
New Bike Laws for 2017!
"The Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act, which passed the state legislature with bipartisan support, puts forth a number of new and modified traffic rules. These include a ban against honking at cyclists except in cases of imminent danger, a requirement that cars change lanes when passing bikes, and an end to the rule forcing riders to stay to the right.
The law also adopts a policy known as the Idaho stop. Named after the only other state to pass a similar law, the rule allows cyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs. The idea is that cyclists can better maintain momentum if they don't have to come to a full stop when an intersection is clear. Many cyclists already do this, but the Idaho stop gives them legal backing."
What you should know about bicycle safety
- Ride Focused - Never ride or drive distracted.
- Ride Prepared - Always expect the unexpected.
- Never ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Safety First - Always wear a bicycle helmet and other safety equipment when on a bicycle.
- Know the Rules of the Road - A bicyclist is considered a vehicle on the road with all the rights and responsibilities of motorized traffic.
- Roads Aren't Just for Cars and Trucks - Both motorist and bicyclist should look out for each other and show mutual respect.