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As a cyclist, you need to be informed of the rules of the road, and take steps to ensure your safety. Here are some things to be aware of when you take off on two wheels.

Predictability

  • Use hand signals, use bike lights, obey traffic laws
  • Never assume other people’s actions or reactions, expect the unexpected
  • Communicate your intentions
  • Expect varied road conditions

Where to Ride

  • Ride as far right as practicable. Cyclists should ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
  • Ride in a place where you can see and be seen (not in a driver’s blind spot).
  • Ride at least 3 feet away from parked cars.

Other Rules to Remember

  • When on the road, cyclist should act as a car. When on the sidewalk, cyclist should act as a pedestrian.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way on the Greenbelt
  • On the Greenbelt, cyclist have to communicate their intent to pass either verbally or with a bell.
  • The rules for E-bikes are the same as the rules for cyclists.

Bike riders should look for driver turn signals and avoid driver's blind spots. Bike rider should pass on the left to allow the driver to merge into the bike lane to make the turn.

Always position yourself in the right side of the lane in which you wish to travel.

Know the Code

As a cyclist, you are responsible for knowing the code for riding bicycles and e-bikes in Boise.

Read the Boise City Code

Read Idaho State Code

e-Bikes

In 2017, the Boise City council approved changes to the city’s bicycle ordinance to address electric bicycles (e-bikes).

The ordinance changes approved by city council members mean e-bikes with a motor that has a power output of no more than 750 watts and a top speed of 20 miles per hour (typically Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes) will be allowed:

  • On streets in the City of Boise
  • On sidewalks and crosswalks in the City of Boise
  • In bike lanes throughout the City of Boise
  • On the 25 miles of Greenbelt paths in the City of Boise

E-bikes that can reach or exceed speeds of 28 miles per hour (Class 3) are not allowed on the Greenbelt, on sidewalks, in crosswalks or in bike lanes throughout the city under the ordinance.

City of Boise e-bike Ordinance

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