It's hard to deny riding a bicycle is a fun and inexpensive way to travel. Taking the time to learn how to ride safely makes it much more enjoyable.
If you feel less comfortable riding your bicycle, you may consider our lower stress neighborhood routes, found in purple on this map.
Follow the safety tips below to make sure you have the best experience while riding your bicycle in Billings!
Lights on! According to Montana State Law, 61-8-607, MCA, "Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front."
When riding your bike in Billings...
Be bright, be seen! Wear bright colored clothing and make sure your bicycle is equipped with a white light on the front and a red light on the back.
Be predictable! People riding bicycles have every right to the road as people driving cars therefore must obey all the same rules. Ride with traffic. Here are some common automobile - bicycle collisions.
Always wear your helmet! Bicycle helmets can reduce series head injuries by 85% if worn properly.
Stay alert! Avoid distractions while riding your bicycle.
Careful with the sidewalk! While it seems safe, there are many approaches and intersections. These can be great places for younger children to ride, but take care at driveways and intersection. It's a good idea to ride in the same directions and automobile travel. Bicycles are not permitted in "business districts", including downtown, within the City of Billings and must yield to people walking.
Go with the flow! Never ride against traffic even if riding on the sidewalk.