Bicycle Safety


Coeur d’Alene is a very active community with a large number of people using bicycles for both recreation and as an alternative means of transportation. Cyclists have the same right to use the road as a car and are far more vulnerable in the event of a collision. When a car hits another car at low speed the results are usually mild. When a car hikes a cyclist or pedestrian, even at low speeds, the results are often fatal. 

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For Motorized Vehicles

When you see cyclists or pedestrians, take the time to slow down and give them plenty of room. Spending a few more seconds to be careful can save a life.           

  • Give bicycles at least three feet of room when over-taking them. 
  • Do not honk or shout at cyclists. This is a crime and you can be prosecuted.
  • Always check for cyclists or pedestrians when pulling on to a road or out of a driveway.
  • Be alert, courteous, and predictable. 

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For Bicycles 

Obey all traffic signals. Bicycles are considered vehicles and must obey all traffic laws with the following exceptions:

  • Idaho law does not require a bicycle to come to a complete stop at a stop sign; rather to treat it as a yield sign. 
  • At a stoplight a bicycle may proceed against a red light after coming to a complete stop, checking for oncoming traffic, and yiedling the right-of-way.
  • Travel at a safe speed when using pedestrian trails. The speed limit is 15mph for the safety of all trail users. Use a street if you must travel faster.
  • Cyclists should always "Stop and Look" at all intersections and rail road crossings. 
  • Bicycles should always travel in the same direction as traffic.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Lock your bike when not in use.
  • Ride in single file and alert other users when over taking them. Assume other bicyclists and motorists don’t see you. Be alert, courteous and predictable.