The hot temperatures are attracting more bicyclists in Idaho Falls, and with more cyclists it’s easy to forget bike laws in the area.
“It’s kind of awkward being out on the road. I think for a lot of cyclists they have an awkward feeling of whether they should be on the road or on the sidewalk” said Gray Augustus, owner of Bill’s Bike and Run.
Augustus says this season has been a successful one for his business.
“We’ve had a phenomenal biking year, so we’ve seen more traffic than we typically would,” said Augustus.
With more people getting bikes and heading out to the streets, that means more people need to know the rules of the road.
“There are certain laws that pertain to bicyclists and certain laws that pertain to motorists when it comes to bicycling and sharing that road,” said Joelyn Hansen, public information officer for Idaho Falls police.
The biggest concern for police is safety: If you’re out on the road, keep both hands on your handlebars, always wear a helmet, and be aware of your surroundings.
“(You need to be) making sure you’re riding in the right direction, riding with traffic and not against traffic,” said Hansen. “You also want to make sure if you’re riding with a buddy or a friend making sure you’re riding single file, that you’re not doubled up on the road.”
And, Idaho Falls Police have clarified Idaho law involving bicycles and stop signs. Under Idaho law bicyclists must yield at stop signs and stop at all stop lights.
If you’re new to cycling around town, don’t be afraid to go with a friend.
“Ride with someone who’s been riding for a while that can take you out and gain that experience with someone who knows what they’re doing” said Augustus.
To look at the bicycle code in Idaho Falls, click here.