Bicycle Safety

Bicycle Helmets Available
In Allegany County, there is a law requiring all bicycle riders under age 16 to wear a helmet. The objective of the Highway Safety Program is to increase bicycle helmet use. As a result, low-cost bicycle helmets are available at the health department.

$8 Bicycle Helmet, All Sizes Available.
Please call us at (301) 759-5123 to make an appointment for buying helmets.
*The person for whom the helmet is purchased must be present to be properly fitted.

Quick Tips for Riding a Bike

  1. Wear a helmet with a hard shell.
  2. Ride the proper size bike. It should have a bell or horn, reflectors and a headlight for night riding.
  3. Obey all signs and signals. If someone is unable to read, they should not ride on public roads.
  4. Do not carry passengers on your bike.
  5. Drive with the traffic and single file.
  6. Signal other roadway users.
  7. Wear bright clothes and make sure you have lights and reflectors on your bike.
  8. Watch out for storm drains, wet pavement, wet leaves and loose gravel.
  9. Watch out for cars leaving driveways and parked cars opening their doors.
  10. Watch out for dogs and other animals.

Rules of the Road

  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Know what your bike can do and cannot do.
  • Inspect your bike. Don't let a break down spoil your day.
  • Drive on the right with the flow of traffic.
  • Pedal in single file.
  • Don't weave in and out of traffic or between parked cars.
  • Always ride in a straight line.
  • Stop and look in all directions before entering a street from driveways, a curb or another street.
  • Maintain control of your bike when traveling downhill.
  • Pull completely off the road when you stop to rest or talk.

For more information about Bicycle Safety call (301) 759-5123.