Cycling is an easy and economical way to get around town. There are a few things you should know about riding a bike in New Haven.

Protect against theft:

  • An inexpensive, used bicycle is less likely to attract thieves.
  • Always lock your bike (both the wheels and the frame) using a “D” lock (pictured above).                                                                                        
  • Be aware of areas where it is prohibited to lock a bike such as handicap access ramps, building entrances, stair railings.
  • Register your bike with the Yale Police to aid in recovery in case of theft.

Be safe:

  • Visit Yale’s Transportation Options page for more information on safe cycling in New Haven.
  • Children under age 15 are required by law to wear a helmet. It’s a good idea for adults to wear a helmet, too!
  • Ride with the flow of traffic. Bikes should follow the same rules of the road as cars.
  • When cycling at night, use a light on the front and rear of your bike and wear reflective clothing.
  • Use bike lanes where available.