As per City Code, safe cycling and equipment are required to operate bicycles safely within city limits. Safe cycling requirements are:
- riding with the flow of vehicle traffic as opposed to against it
- not holding onto moving vehicles while riding a bicycle
- using designated bike lanes where available
- signaling turns while riding a bicycle to alert drivers
Similarly, the ordinance requires safety equipment on bicycles such as brakes, a seat, a bell or audible warning device to warn pedestrians, and reflectors and lights for riding at night.
Riders found in violation of any of these items may be issued a citation by Boise Police.
If you receive a citation, you may pay the fee or chose to participate in the City of Boise Bicycle Diversion Program. The diversion program allows riders to waive their fine by participating in a bicycle education class offered by Boise State University. The class focuses on the basic workings of a bicycle and bicycle rules of the road. Participants are required to attend a 30-45 minute classroom session followed by a 30-45 minute outdoor riding session, weather permitting.