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Bike Safety & Traffic Laws

We want you to be safe while riding a bike on the A-State campus and in the surrounding Jonesboro area.

Safety Equipment

Helmets

For your safety, wear a helmet – most bicycle crashes are solo, and your helmet can prevent serious head injuries if you fall.  This includes on your personal bicycle or on the campus bike share.  According to national statistics, helmet use reduces the odds of a head injury by half.

Clothing

Loose fitting clothing works best when riding, and if riding for longer distances, clothing that will wick moisture away from your skin.

Visibility is extremely important for cyclists.  Wear clothing that will make you stand out to other vehicle operators.  Reflective vests are recommended, particularly in the early morning and late evenings.

Night Time Riding

The state of Arkansas requires a white headlight on the front and a red reflector or light on the rear of any bicycle operated within 30 minutes prior to sunrise, 30 minutes prior to sunset and throughout the night.  It is highly recommended to have reflective clothing

Vehicular Cycling

Along with the League of American Bicyclists and the local Northeast Arkansas Bicycle Coalition, Arkansas State advocates that operators of bicycles follow the guidelines of the LAB’s Smart Cycling safety curriculum

Bicycle Traffic Laws

In the state of Arkansas, bicycles should operate as vehicles.  Be sure to review the state highway department’s safety publication.

Bicycles ride right on the right side of the road with the flow of vehicular traffic.  In the state of Arkansas, they are not required to ride as far to the right edge of the road.

It’s illegal of ride against traffic – on the left side of a roadway.  National crash statistics show it’s not safer to face cars – in fact, it’s one of the leading causes of bicycle-car crashes.

Other important traffic laws that relate to bicycle riders:

  • You have to obey all traffic signs – stop signs, red lights, speed limits or other restrictions.
  • You have to signal your turns using standard hand signals.
  • And at night, you must have a white headlight and a red tail light or red reflector.
  • While you have a right to the lane, be mindful of other traffic and consider alternative routes on less trafficked roads.