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Safety riding tips

A top priority for Baltimore Bike Share is your safety.

Plan your route

Choose the most bike-friendly route by checking the Baltimore Bike Share Map or App . Certain paths can be challenging, so we’ve recommended popular routes for a more comfortable ride.

Inspect your Bike

Safety first – make sure to check that your bike is in top shape before going for a ride:

  • Check the dashboard to take a look at the charge. If the screen is blank, wake the bike up by pressing the horn.

  • Adjust the seat height to the perfect fit.

  • Check the tire pressure by squeezing the tires. Low or flat? Checkout another bike.

  • Ensure that both brakes work by giving them a squeeze.

  • Riding at night? Check to make sure the front and back lights are flashing.

If you have any problems while riding the bike, stop and call us at 1-844-97B-MORE (1-844-972-6673).

Wear a helmet

While it’s not a requirement to wear a helmet, Baltimore Bike Share strongly encourages helmet use to reduce the probability of a head injury in the event of an accident.

Choose an appropriate type and size for your head. Take the time to adjust your helmet correctly, it should not move forward or backward on your head. In order to be comfortable, you should be able to put no more than two fingers in the space between the chinstrap and your skin.

Respect the Road

Bikes need to follow the same rules as other vehicles--stop at traffic lights and signs, avoid traveling the wrong way on one way streets, and walk your bike on sidewalks.

Be careful and respectful

While riding in traffic, keep your distance from other vehicles.

Try to stay 3 feet away from parked cars. The driver/passenger may open their door unexpectedly when exiting their vehicle.

Make yourself visible and be confident to take the full lane when needed.

Keep an eye out for pedestrians crossing the street.

Pay attention to obstacles on the road - potholes, sewer grates, and railroad tracks can be dangerous when bicycling.

Be predictable

Don’t make sudden turns and stops, and be sure to signal your intentions with proper arm signals.

Signal when you intend to stop, slow or turn.

Check behind you before turning to be sure that there are no oncoming vehicles.

Make eye contact with other road users to ensure they see you and register your turning signals.

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