Bicycling Street Smarts


This compact tutorial, available as a 46-page booklet and this online version, will increase your safety and confidence while bicycling on any road, whether you are a beginner or an expert. You'll have more fun and feel better about riding, be it for pleasure, fitness or transportation. See below for information about obtaining copies of the printed version.

This manual teaches safe bicycling techniques on public roads and streets, but it's up to you to apply them appropriately. Users of this manual assume full responsibly for their own actions and safety.

"Wow! Great! This easy-to-read book will make you a better, safer cyclist!

W. Preston Tyree, Education Director
Texas Bicycle Coalition

"Bicycling Street Smarts covers all the bases of the IPMBA method in a short easy-to-read format. It helps give our officers the on-road survival skills they need...Overall an outstanding book."

- Officer Don Hudson,
LAPD Bicycle Instructor, and Past President,
International Police Mountain Bike Association


John S. Allen

Contributing editors:

Andrew Rubel, Madeleine Noland and Conrad Willeman


George Retseck and John S. Allen

Cover design:

George Almasi

Page layout (print):

Conrad Willeman

Page layout (Internet):

John S. Allen and Conrad Willeman

Special thanks to:

Dave Bachman, Patricia Brown, Andrew Fischer, John Forester, John Franklin, Patti Marshall, Nelson Peña and G. H. Stancer

Bicycling Street Smarts is copyright © 1988, 2001, Rodale Inc. and published by Rubel BikeMaps under license from Rodale Inc. All rights reserved. No part of the Internet posting or print version may be reproduced in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical, including information storage and retrieval systems, except as permitted by U.S. copyright law; by a reviewer quoting brief passages; or by permission in writing from Rubel BikeMaps.

Print copies are available from Rubel BikeMaps and at some bicycle shops, book stores, and map dealers; the ISBN number is 1-881559-75-0. Bulk discounts are available direct from Rubel BikeMaps, who can also provide custom versions. Dealer inquiries are welcome.

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