Bike Safety

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View our Sidewalks, Trails & Bikeways brochure

  • Wear a Helmet – Everyone age 12 and under must wear a helmet under Pennsylvania law, however all riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet when riding.
  • Before Riding, Check Your Bike – Check your air pressure, brakes, and chains before riding. 
  • Be Visible – Wear brightly colored clothes, never weave in and out of traffic or parked cars, and use lights when riding at night. Be safe. Be smart. Be seen. 
  • Share the Road – As a motorist, it’s important to remember and respect that bicyclists are permitted by law to operate on roads. Motorists must give bicyclists a four-foot buffer when passing.
  • Ride with Traffic – Ride on the right side of the road. Slower traffic should keep to the right. Bicyclists should also respect motorists, and by law, must make reasonable efforts to not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.
  • Sidewalks – Bicyclists are by law, not permitted to ride on sidewalks in business districts, or whenever a bike lane is available. However, when you must ride on the sidewalk, exercise caution and remember that pedestrians always have the right of way.
  • Trails – Pedestrians have the right-of-way on bicycle paths. You must give an audible signal as you approach and pass a pedestrian.
  • Obey All Traffic Laws – Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals, and are subject to the same penalties and fines motorists are for failing to do so.
  • Ride Alertly - Always be scanning for hazards and assume that motorists do not see you.
  • Cross Carefully – When approaching an intersection, look left, look right, look left again, and then look over your shoulder be entering the intersection. 
  • Be Predictable – Always use caution when turning or merging with traffic, using the appropriate hand signals.
  • Maintain Control of your Bike – Operate only in areas where you feel confident and never bike under the influence.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Be Visible - Wear bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials.*
  • Equipment - Carry a flashlight when walking at night.*
  • Sidewalks - Always walk on a sidewalk or path. If there are none available, walk facing traffic, on the shoulder, as far away from traffic as possible.**
  • Be Predictable - Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible. *
  • Cross Carefully – Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.*
  • Crosswalks - If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area, wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross. **
  • Walk Alertly – Keep alert at all times. Don’t be distracted by electronic devices including radios, smart phones, and other devices that take your eyes and ears off the road. **
  • Obey All Traffic Laws – Stay off of major highways and other pedestrian-prohibited roadways. **
  • Walk with a friend whenever possible - Choose walking friends with a similar pace and preferences.
  • Be Aware - Don't assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely. 

*Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
**Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NHTSA) 

Bike Repair Stations - One station is located in Graham Park and another in North Boundary Park. Each sheltered station includes all the necessary tools to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. While making repairs, the bike hangs from arms which allow the pedals and wheels to spin freely. The repair stations were purchased through the Alcoa grant and Butler County Tourism. 

Bike Racks - Fifteen bike racks are located on Township properties, thanks to a grant from Alcoa Foundation via Kawneer-Alcoa and a contribution from Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau. 

Some bikeways are not appropriate for all riders as traffic and other conditions may require advanced riding skills. Discretion is advised. Parents are encouraged to accompany young children when riding.

Sharing the Road

Brendan Linton created these videos for his Seneca Valley Senior Project in April 2013.
He explains the proper way to share the road with bicycles, pedestrians, and motorists. Plus, he reviews details of the Township's pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure plans.  Police officers are trained on the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists, as well as Pennsylvania law regarding passing clearances for bike riders.

Pennsylvania Law requires motorists to give bicyclists a four foot buffer when passing

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To make a left turn; first safely merge to the middle of the lane. Turn when it is safe and legal to do so.

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To avoid hitting opening doors, it is recommended to ride at least four feet away from cars parked on the street.

What is a Ssharedlane.jpghared Lane? (SLM) "sharrow" and what does it mean?

Though bicyclists are permitted on all roads, except for limited-access highways, a Shared Lane Marking (SLM) or “sharrow” is a marking on the road used to further specifically communicate that the road is to be shared by both motorists and bicyclists. Motorists should expect to see bicyclists in these zones and treat them like another vehicle. Markings may or may not be accompanied by “Share the Road” signs. Pennsylvania law states that whenever a motorist passes a bicyclist, the motorist must maintain at least four feet of space between the car and the bicyclist. The law also states that bicyclists must make reasonable efforts to not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.