Take off the training wheels — we’re talking cycling. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist, new biker, or just cycling-curious, enjoy the end of cycling season by learning some bike tips for Raleigh.
Know the laws
Learn the laws of the road to be a successful and safe cyclist for pedestrians, vehicles, and other bikers. Legally, road cyclists are considered vehicles and have the same rights + responsibilities as cars — meaning cyclists can’t run red lights, must use turn lanes and signals, and riding while impaired is illegal.
Cyclists must outfit their bike with a front and back light or wear reflective clothing when riding after dark.
The City of Raleigh has eight different types of bike lanes like sharrows — shared lane markings — and conventional bike lanes with dedicate street space for bicyclists — two-stage turn boxes, cycle boxes, and more. Try the BikeRaleigh app to learn more about the roads near you.
Grab your gear
The Bicycle Chain, 9000 Glenwood Ave. | Before you head to Umstead State Park, grab a couple cycling accessories at this shop located right near the park’s entrance.
Cycle Logic, 1211 Hillsborough St. | This shop is the oldest in Raleigh and offers standard bike parts, equipment, and accessories, as well as vintage parts.
John Bicycles, 5212 Old Wake Forest Rd. | Get your ride fixed in as little as one day by this local mechanic.
Make some friends
If you’re a cyclist and beer lover, ride to Crank Arm Brewing, a cyclist hub with beers, a cycling club, and a biking-themed taproom.
Are coffee shops more your vibe? Pine State Coffee is a cyclist friendly spot roasting their own beans and serving coffee in a unique space.
Oaks and Spokes is an advocacy organization aiming to make Raleigh into the City of Spokes by promoting a sustainable + equitable transportation model. Join the group on weekly rides to Crank Arm, play bike polo, and attend bike and pedestrian advocacy committee meetings.