Bicycle Safety

Traffic Laws Apply to Everyone

In Colorado, bicyclists and motorists have the same rights and responsibilities when using public roads. If you become involved with a reckless motorist or cyclist, try to remember the license plate number and / or vehicle / driver / rider description. Remember that both motorists and cyclists are responsible for their own conduct, and that both can be cited for violations. 

Citations for harassment or reckless endangerment may apply. Call 911 in an emergency or in a non-emergency the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 303-277-0211.

Rules of the Road

  • Cyclists should ride on the right (never against traffic), follow lane markings and use hand signals.
  • Ride two abreast only when no motor vehicle traffic is approaching within 300 feet (front or rear) or when all cyclists are on the shoulder. On curving canyon roads, play it safe and ride single-file.
  • Use hand signals to indicate left or right turns, slowing, or stopping. Remember to obey red lights and stop signs.
  • Use a headlight, taillight, and reflectors at night; make eye contact with drivers. Never assume motorists see you or that you have the right-of-way.
  • Always wear a helmet. Get a helmet that’s comfortable and fits well. Wear it whenever you ride… it can reduce the severity of brain injury in a crash by 88%, and it could save your life! Replace your helmet anytime it’s involved in a crash, or if it becomes worn out after normal wear and tear.
  • Obey speed regulations. Riding a bike down a hill at excessive speeds is a hazard to the cyclist, as well as any motorists, pedestrians or equestrian traffic the cyclist may encounter. It can also be dangerous in areas where wildlife crosses the roadway. Keep speeds within the posted limits; just like motorists, speeders on bikes may be ticketed.

Who y/yields the Trail?

Before passing another trail user, be courteous and make your approach known. A friendly greeting like “Hello, passing on your left,” or ringing a bell, is considerate. Ride to the right and warn other path users before overtaking and passing them. Note that many multi-use paths have a 15 miles per hour speed limit.

  • Bicyclists, skaters, walkers, and others yield to equestrians
  • Bicyclists and skaters yield to walkers
  • Bicyclists yield to skaters
  • Downhill users yield to uphill users
  • Faster users yield to slower users