Walk & Bike Month

Join GO! in April and May for Walk and Bike Month events!
Click on the Go Bike-Walk Month Calendar 2018 for a list of events.

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to bicycle more.

Before you head out make sure to review safety precautions and familiarize yourself with all bicycle related laws.
Learn More at: http://www.bismarcknd.gov/1368/Share-the-road-resources

Bike to School Week:  Join millions of student nationwide by riding your bike to school during national Bike to School Week and Bike Day. Police Officers from Bismarck and Mandan will be out during this week and may be providing free treat vouchers and other incentives for participating students.

When: Bike to School Week – May 7 – May 11
Bike to School Day – May 9
Where: Everywhere!
Who: Kids K-12!

Bike Week: Join millions of commuters nationwide by riding your bike to work, school and everywhere else during National Bike Week and Bike Day. Let the rest of the nation know that Bismarck-Mandan residents love to bike by taking photos and posting them to social media with #bismanbikes.

Information Kiosk and Free Tune-Up Station: On your way home from work on Friday, May 18, stop by the Bismarck Veterans Library for a quick minor tune-up and tire pressure check with experts from Scheels plus register to win prizes! Post your ride to work on social media using the hashtag #bismanbikes for more opportunities to win prizes.

When:  Bike Week – May 14- May 18
Bike to Work Day – May 18
Repair & Information Kiosk – May 18, 4 – 6 PM Bismarck Veterans Library
Where: Everywhere!
Who: Everyone!
Cost: No charge for all who have bikes


Obey traffic signs and lights
Want motorists’ respect? Obey the same traffic laws
they obey.
Stop at red lights and stop signs.

Never ride against traffic
Motorists aren’t looking for bikes riding on the wrong
side of the road. To be most visible and safe, ride with

Don’t weave between parked cars
Ride consistently. Stay as close to the parked cars as is
safely possible. Always scan parked vehicles for people
who may open a door.

Ride in or pull into the middle of the lane only when
You can ride in the middle of the lane at busy intersections
or when riding at the same speed as vehicles.
Also, you may need to pull into the lane if you are
passing, turning left, avoiding hazards or riding in a
narrow lane or shared roadway.

Use hand signals to let drivers know your intentions
You are required to signal 100 feet before turning at
an intersection.
You don’t have to keep your arm out through the turn
if you need both hands on the handlebars to keep
control of your bicycle.

Two ways to turn left correctly
Signal and turn left from the traffic lane. Keep right
untl the far corner of the intersecton, then turn the
bike and wait until clear (or the light changes) before

Go slowly on pathways/sidewalks
Yield to pedestrians. Provide an audible warning as
you prepare to pass, such as “on your left”. Faster
moving bicyclists should avoid using sidewalks as it’s
more dangerous for both the bicyclists and pedestri-ans.
Biking is not allowed on sidewalks in downtown
Bismarck or downtown Mandan.

Bicycling at night
At night, wear bright reflective clothing with your bike
equipped with a white front light, red rear flashing
light and pedal reflectors for maximum visibility.

Watch out for a vehicle pulling into your path
Assume a motorist pulling out of a driveway may not
see you. A stopped motorist at a cross street may also
be unaware of you.
Slow down and make eye contact with the driver be-fore

Know what’s behind you
Train yourself to look over your shoulder without los-ing
your balance or swerving.
Use a rear view mirror.

Avoid road hazards
Cross rail tracks at a right angle so your tire won’t get
stuck. Oily pavement, wet leaves, gravel and ice can
cause your tres to slip. Sewer grates and manhole
covers can also be slippery. Ride around large pud-dles;
they may hide a pothole.

Courtesy of www.oregonmetro.gov/ Modifed by Go!

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