With dozens of miles of pedestrian/bike pathways following most every major road on the island, Hilton Head is one of the best places in the country to ride. In 2011 Hilton Head was awarded the coveted Bicycle Friendly Community award at the silver level by The League of American Bicyclists. Here are some tips to help keep you safe and keep Hilton Head bike friendly.
1) Obey all traffic signals and pathway markings. Stop signs must be obeyed for safety. Bicycles are vehicels and must obey SC traffic laws.
2) Helmets – South Carolina does not have a helmet law. However, bicyclists should always wear a helmet, especially children 12 and under.
3) Whenever possible use the designated pedestrian/bike pathways.
4) Never ride in the roadway against traffic. State law requires bicycles to drive like all other vehicles.
5) When approaching slower pathway users from behind, please sound your warning device, or call out “Passing on your left.” Always pass on the left.
6) Watch out for motorists! In South Carolina, motorist must yeild to pedestrians and bicyclists within the marked crossing, but they may not see you.
7) Ride single file and keep a safe distance from other bicyclists. Travel the pathways at speeds that allow for the safety of other users.
8) Yeild to pedestrians. When resting or stopped, please move off the pathway .
9) Most sections of the pathway are not illuminated. If you must bike at night, please wear light colored clothing or carry a flashlight. Bicycles must have a red rear reflector and a headlight when biking at night.
10) Be courteous, alert, and predictable. Make eye contact with other pedestrians and motorists.
11) Have fun and be safe!