Cycling is a great way to see the countryside, an easy way to exercise, and is an alternate form of transportation to help conserve natural resources. In the state of Pennsylvania a bicycle is considered a vehicle and you must obey all the laws that apply to other vehicles. The Borough of Sewickley has bicycle patrolmen that are visible at many of the community events and during regular patrols. Also, all our police officers are trained on the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists and state law on passing a bicycle.
In order to remain safe while riding, please follow these “Rules of the Road”:
- Make sure your bike fits and make sure it is in proper working order.
- Always wear a helmet. Pennsylvania law requires all cyclists under age 12 to wear an approved bicycle helmet.
- Be visible.
- Wear bright colored clothing so you can be seen.
- Have reflectors on your wheels and the front and rear of your bike
- At night, it must be equipped with a front lamp and rear and side reflectors that are visible from at least 500 feet.
- Ride on the right side of the road with traffic.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- When approaching an intersection, look left, look right, look left again, and then look over your shoulder before entering the intersection.
- Use proper hand signals to communicate.
- Bicyclists are by law, not permitted to ride on sidewalks in business districts, or whenever a bike lane is available. Pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks and bicycle paths. You must give an audible signal as you approach and pass.
- Always assume that others do not see you!
- Share the Road – Please remember that bicyclists are permitted by law to operate on roads. Motorists must give a bicyclist a four-foot buffer when passing.
For more information on bicycling safety go to Bicycling Safety and Pennsylvania Laws.