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Safe Biking in Philly: Five Tips for Motorists and Cyclists

Riding a bike is a great way to exercise, save money, and reduce pollution. And more bikes are on the road than ever, with the most recent U.S. Census showing an increase of nearly 60% commuters via bike since 2000.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycles on the road have the same rights as motorized vehicles—and the same responsibilities. These tips for safe biking in Philly from the NHTSA will help ensure a safe trip.


  1. Yield to bicyclists as you would to motorists when turning at intersections. Do not underestimate the speed of oncoming cyclists.
  2. Search for cyclists before accelerating speed, especially in parking lots, at stop signs and when backing up.
  3. When turning on red, look Left, Right, and Behind to avoid hitting cyclists on you right.
  4. Pass bicyclists as you would any other vehicle, when it’s safe to move into an adjacent lane, not while in the same traffic lane.
  5. Pay attention. Texting and other distractions are dangerous for all, but especially to cyclists riding on the same roads.


  1. Yield to traffic when entering a road from a driveway or pavement. The drivers have the right of way.
  2. Ride in straight, predictable lines and watch over your should for automobiles.
  3. Always use hand signals while turning, or drivers will expect you to go straight.
  4. Follow the same rules as automobiles, and stop at red lights and stop signs.
  5. Ride with the flow of traffic, never against it. Drivers are not expecting vehicles coming toward them.

Cycling can be a great activity for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re thinking about getting a bicycle for your child, check out this video about how to buy and maintain safe bicycles for kids. Find more health and wellness information from UnitedHealthcare for managing your busy life.