RTD encourages cyclists to ride safely around transit during Colorado Bike Month

It’s no secret that Coloradans love the great outdoors. As the weather warms up, more people utilize bikes for recreation and transportation. To celebrate Colorado’s love of bikes, June has been designated Colorado Bike Month. With more bikes on the road this summer, RTD is encouraging cyclists to ride safely around transit.   

RTD bus and train operators see unsafe cyclist behavior daily, some of which leads to near misses—incidents that did not result in injury or damage, but had the potential to do so. This behavior includes ignoring warning devices at rail crossings, passing buses on the right and being distracted by headphones, to name a few. 

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Our operators are responsible for getting people to their destinations safely. Bike riders are responsible for following the rules of the road, including using caution when riding near buses and trains. Following these tips will ensure cyclists interact with RTD operations in the safest way possible:

  • Ride in the same direction as traffic and follow traffic signs and signals.
  • Stay alert and avoid using electronics while riding.
  • Use hand signals to inform drivers and pedestrians of your movements. 
  • Avoid riding in bus blind spots—if you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you.
  • Always walk your bike through stations and on train platforms.
  • Never pass a bus on the right as they frequently pull over to pick up passengers. 
  • Ride at a 90-degree angle when crossing train tracks.
  • Dismount your bike and wait for gates arms to fully rise before crossing train tracks.

RTD invites you to learn more about bike safety as we celebrate Colorado Bike Month. Check out our Bike-n-Ride page for more information or request a bike-safety presentation here