In general, it is safer to ride your bike on the street, such as in a bike lane, because that is where motorists are most likely to see you. However, if you have to ride on the sidewalk or feel more comfortable there, below are a few tips to increase your safety.
- Ride slow and yield to pedestrians
- Alert pedestrians of your presence with bells or a friendly ” passing on your left”
- Ride in the same direction as traffic so you will be visible to motorists
- Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and intersecting streets when when riding on a sidewalk