Bicycle Safety

 

More people are choosing to hop on their bikes instead of getting in their cars to make their way around. It’s better for the environment and it’s a great way to get exercise.

Here in Carlisle, there are plenty of places to ride your bike. The Borough has a network of trails for walking, running, and biking. These on-road and off-road trails connect all the Borough’s parks, schools, and downtown Carlisle.

While riding your bike in and around the Borough, you do need to keep safety in mind. There have been several accidents involving bicyclists and vehicles around Central Pennsylvania this summer. Bicyclists need to follow the law and use common sense, especially when riding downtown. Carlisle Borough Police and Pennsylvania State Police both enforce the bicycle laws and can write citations to violators.

Here are a few things to keep in mind

  • All riders under the age of 12 must wear a helmet. However, it’s recommended that all riders wear a helmet while using their bicycle.
  • A bicycle is considered a vehicle and its operator must follow the rules of the road. This includes using the proper hand signals when stopping or turning and coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. You also need to yield to pedestrians, just like a car does.
  • Cyclists need to use the bike lane when it is available. When there is no bike lane, they must be in the right hand lane or as close to practical to the right hand curb.

Motorists must do their part as well.

  • When approaching a bike rider or attempting to pass one, slow down to an appropriate speed. You must also allow four feet between your vehicle and the bicycle in order to pass them.
  • Don’t sound your horn close to bicyclists, unless it is to avoid a potential crash.
  • It is illegal for a motorist to force a bicyclist off the road! You will be subject to criminal charges.

 

Click here for a guide to the network of trails in the Borough.

Here is a brochure about biking in downtown Carlisle.

PennDOT has valuable information on their website for riders and motorists.