Bike Hand Signals

Bicycle safety is important at the University of Kansas. Do the following to protect yourself and pedestrians when you are riding on campus and around the community:

Wear a helmet: Wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle can reduce your chance of a serious head injury by 85%.

Follow traffic laws: Bicycles are at home on the road and are thus considered vehicles. You are therefore not exempt from following traffic laws.

Be seen: When riding behind vehicles, avoid blind spots and make sure drivers can see you in their mirrors. When bicycling at night light up! Traffic laws state that cyclists must have a white front light visible from at least 500 feet and a red rear reflector and/or light.

Be clear: Use the hand signals in the picture above to let motorists know your intentions on the road.

Be Pedestrian Friendly: While cycling is allowed on sidewalks except in Downtown Lawrence (pdf), remember that sidewalks are designed for pedestrians. Pedestrians have the right of way.


For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Transportation website.

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