Remember that safety should always be first! Know the Bicycle Rules of the Road. Be a defensive rider, and always wear a helmet, even for short trips! See our page on Safety & Security for more helpful hints.
Urban Bicycling / Getting Around Campus
It may seem scary to bike in traffic, but it is actually safe if done properly.
The two most important things you can do to prevent getting into a bike crash are to be visible and predictable. The more the other traffic can see you and predict what you're going to do next, the easier and safer your commute will be.
According to the Active Transportation Alliance, motorists do not usually strike bicyclists from behind. The majority of accidents happen on off-street paths where pedestrians, roller-bladers, pets and children are present in higher numbers. With that said, it’s still important to follow traffic and obey the same laws as motorists while you ride. Active Trans offers some great tips on how to bike through traffic!
Bicycle racing information
If you’re looking to get involved with racing, look no further than UIC’s Cycling and Triathlon Team! Find like-minded friends, or if you’re new to racing, come to a meeting and join a group workout to stay motivated.