Our pals at SANDAG put together this interactive map showing the miles upon miles of bike paths, trails and more. Click here to open it in a new window.
- Wear a helmet on every ride.
- Wear bright, visible clothing. Ideally with reflective areas.
- Obey the rules of the road. Stop at stop signs and lights.
- Don't be a salmon: ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
- If it's dark or foggy be sure to have front and rear bike lights as well as reflectors.
- Ride a safe distance from other riders or vehicles. Make sure you have plenty of room to stop should something unexpected happen ahead.
- Don't hug the curb. Maintain a comfortable distance from the pavement edge. Road debris has a pesky habit of collecting there and can cause flats.
- Don't ride on sidewalks unless no other safe option exists.
- Let other bicyclists know you're passing ahead of time. Get a horn, a bell or just whistle and/or yell.
- In heavy, slow-moving traffic, it's often safer to ride in the middle of a traffic lane so that everyone can see you and cars won't try to squeeze around you.
- Don't weave back and forth around parked cars or other obstacles. Keep a steady course and look out for opening car doors.
- Be ready to brake. Keep your hands on the brakes while pedaling.