Tips for sharing the road Because bikes are considerably smaller than other vehicles, it’s important that everyone on the road take a few precautions in order to share the road safely. Here are a few tips to help you: Behind the handlebars Suit up. Choose a helmet—the most important piece of safety equipment—that meets Department of Transportation standards. And, wear other protective gear, like a suit or jacket, face shield, goggles, boots and gloves. Ride sensibly. Know your personal limits and ride at a pace that’s comfortable for you (and within the speed limit). Build new skills.