Bicycling is a fun and healthy way to commute and experience the great outdoors. Being familiar with the do's and don'ts of riding creates confidence–allowing you to comfortably pedal in harmony with the flow of traffic. Here are a few tips to jumpstart your ride.
Rules of the Road
Anyone using the roadways, whether they are operating a bicycle or a motor vehicle, is required by law to know and follow the rules of the road.
- Texas Bicycle Laws govern the use of bicycles across the State of Texas.
- The City of Houston Bicycle Ordinance provides additional laws governing the operation of bicycles.
- The City of Houston Vulnerable Road User Ordinance (Safe Passing) passed in May 2013 requires a motorist to provide a minimum of 3 feet when passing a vulnerable road user.
Clinics & Workshops
There are several local bike shops that host free or low-cost bicycle clinics and workshops. Check them out to make sure your equipment is in good working order.
- Bike Barn hosts a free introductory class every second Wednesday of the month at 6pm on how to keep your bike in working condition.
- Bicycle World of Houston hosts low-cost bike repair classes each Tuesday from 6-7pm. Visit the online calendar for more information.
- BikeHouston hosts Confident Cycling classes and Bike Ambassador trainings. Check the BikeHouston calendar for upcoming classes.
There are several local groups and bike shops that host organized rides for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Whether you've just finished your fifth MS-150 or you've just dusted off your bike for the first time in years, there's a ride for you to join.
- Bicycle World hosts no-drop rides every Saturday and Sunday good for families and cyclists of all levels. For those looking to explore the local food scene there is a Saturday night pub crawl every other Saturday. Check out the Calendar for an updated schedule.
- Bike Barn hosts a ride almost every day of the week. Check out their Ride Calendar.
- BikeHouston hosts weekly rides and other cycling events throughout Houston. Visit the BikeHouston Calendar.
- Bayou City Outdoors frequently hosts rides through Terry Hershey Park and George Bush Park. Check out upcoming rides on the BCO Calendar of Events.
- BikeRide.com is an online cycling events calendar for cyclists to find great rides near them using geo-location search.
- You can commute on any bike as long as it is in good working order
- Always wear a helmet while riding your bike no matter what
- Carry a spare tube and patch kit at all times; keep another spare at work
- Make sure that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can see you at night
- Headlights are mandatory at night; white in front with a rear reflector in back
- Make sure you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building
- Pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding
- Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive
- View additional bicycle commuting & safety tips on HomeAdvisor's website
Additional Bike Resources
Bikes are allowed on both local and Park & Ride buses, and METRORail. For information on loading a bike onto a bus visit
The Houston Bikeways Program provides valuable information to help Houstonians and visitors navigate all of Houston's bikeways and become better cyclists.
Bike Houston is a non-profit bicycle advocacy group working to create streets that are safe and accessible for bicyclists to increase the quality of life of all Houstonians.