May is Bike Month - Get Out There and Enjoy!
May is the perfect month to go biking in the Triangle! Be sure to visit gotriangle.org/bikemonth to learn about bicycle events, virtual bike tours, scavenger hunts, a Triangle Trails webinar, and the Find the Right Bike for You webinar.
But wait—there's more:
Throughout May, cyclists who track bike trips in the ShareTheRideNC (STRNC) Commute Calendar will earn DOUBLE points—whether you're biking to work, for exercise or just for fun! Each trip earns points to enter into prize drawings for gift cards to local bike shops, restaurants, small businesses, and local events. Cyclists can synch their Strava, FitBit, and other apps to their accounts so that their trips are automatically tracked.
And throughout Bike Month, new STRNC users will earn 4 points automatically just by signing up—that means you'll only need to track one smart commute (bike, walk, transit, carpool, vanpool, or telework) to earn enough points to enter a prize drawing!
Stay safe, stay healthy, and if it’s been a while, don’t worry - it’s just like riding a bike. Please remember the rules of the road and safety tips. If you need a refresher, just scroll down for a quick video and more tips.
Here to win prizes? Register at Share the Ride NC (www.STRNC.org) or by downloading the STRNC app.
NC Biking Rules of the Road
In North Carolina, bicyclists have the same rights and duties as motorists and are subject to traffic vehicle laws. Some laws changed in 2016. For a complete list of NC bike laws, visit ncdot.gov/bikeped/lawspolicies.
Follow these Rules of the Road to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Información en Español.
- Ride predictably and defensively.
- Riding on sidewalks is dangerous. Know when and how.
- Follow ALL traffic laws – bicycles are vehicles in North Carolina.
- Always ride in the same direction as traffic and as far to the right as practicable.
- Give an audible warning to pedestrians when approaching from behind.
- Indicate your turns by pointing left or right.
- Scan behind you before changing lanes.
- Do not filter up by stopped cars at intersections.
- Avoid swerving between parked cars.
- Make eye contact with motorists, especially at intersections and driveways.
- Be safe, be visible.
- Don’t wear headphones while riding.
- Wear a properly fitted helmet and replace after any impact or crash.
- Find a well-fitted bike.
- Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing.
- Use hand signals for turning:
Also, North Carolina law requires children under age 16 to wear a helmet and for bicyclists at night to have a white front headlight, a rear reflector and a red rear light or reflective clothing visible from 300 feet.
Changes were made to NC's bike laws in July 2016:
- Drivers can pass bicycles in no-passing zones if the motorist gives a berth of at least 4 feet and if the cyclist is not making a left turn.
- Cyclists must have a front and rear light – or wear a reflective vest or clothing that is visible from at least 300 feet to the rear.
- Clarified hand signals.
- Stiffer penalties for aggressive drivers.