Bicycling 101

PURPOSE: Know your bike parts and Nevada bike laws.

Quick Guide

Know Your Bike Series

  • Know your bike parts
  • Nevada bike laws
  • How to fit and adjust your helmet

Know Your Trails Series

  • Bike-friendly local trails guide
  • Leave No Trace while bicycling
  • Helpful links to get you going
  • Bike commuting and your carbon footprint

Downloadable PDFs

Bike-Friendly Local Trails

Family-Friendly Trails

Las Vegas

  • Lone Mountain Regional Park Trail
  • Angel Park Trail

North Las Vegas

  • Lone Mountain Regional Park Trail
  • Angel Park Trail


  • Union Pacific Railroad Trail from Acacia Park
  • Cactus Wren Trail from Cactus Wren Park

Clark County Parks with Trails

  • Sunset Park
  • Cougar Creek Park
  • Wetlands Park Trail

Workout & Training Rides

  • 215 East Beltway Trail
  • 215 West Beltway Trail
  • River Mountains Loop Trail
  • Bonanza Trail from Bill Briare Park

Scenic Rides

  • River Mountains Loop Trail from Mountain Lake Park
  • Sunrise Trailhead to Wetlands Trail
  • Floyd Lamb Trails


Nevada Bike Laws

When Sharing the Road
  • Ride in the same direction as motor vehicles
  • Ride as close as practical to the right-hand curb
  • Signal all turns and lane changes with your arm
  • Ride no more than two bikes alongside each other
When Using a Sidewalk
  • Give the right of way to pedestrians
  • Give an audible signal before passing pedestrians

In an Accident?

At the Site of an Accident
  • Call 911, any accident you are in should have a police report
  • Take pictures of you, your bike, and your surroundings
  • Get the contact info of the driver and all witnesses
After an Accident
  • Call your insurance company to report the incident
  • Write down what happened as soon as possible
  • Don’t fix your bike or do anything with your gear and clothing

Knowledge Check!

Can you name all of the bike parts? Check your answers below!

Bicycle parts identification image
  1. seat/saddle
  2. seat post
  3. tire
  4. rim
  5. chain
  6. chain ring
  7. bike pedal
  8. crank arm
  9. down tube
  10. spoke
  11. fork
  12. break lever
  13. handle
  14. top tube

Leave No Trace While Bicycling

Stick to the Designated Bike Trail

Going off the designated bike trail can harm  the local wildlife and vegetation.

Observe Wildlife From a Distance

Avoid getting close to wildlife and don’t disturb them.

Don’t Ride Muddy Trails

Riding muddy trails can deteriorate the condition of the trails.

Avoid Creating Loud Noises

Bring earphones to listen to music instead of playing it outloud.

Clean Bikes Between Rides

This helps prevent the spread of invasive species on trails.

Properly Dispose Of Waste

Don’t leave your garbage behind – always throw away or repack any waste with you.

Helmet Safety Tips

Tips to safely Fit & Adjust Your Bicycle Helmet!

Find The Right Fit

  • To find the right size bike helmet, start by measuring your head circumference.
  • Wrap a flexible tape measure around the largest portion of your head—about one inch above your eyebrows. Or, wrap a string around your head, then measure the length of string with a yardstick.

How To Adjust

  1. Adjust the tightness: Many helmets have an adjustment wheel that you can open fully to put the helmet on your head and then twist until you get a snug fit.
  2. Buckle and tighten the chin strap: The straps should form a “V” as they rest under each ear.
  3. With the chin strap buckled, open your mouth wide. The helmet should press against the top of your head as you do so. If not, tighten the strap a little and repeat.

Impact on Your Carbon Footprint

Reduces Household Emissions

Riding your bicycle to work or to run daily errands can cut down on your household emissions by at least 6%.

Reduces Traffic

Bicycles are up to 50% faster than cars during rush hour. Cars produce .97 pounds of pollution per mile annually; bicycles produce none.

Takes Less Time To Make A Bike

Bicycles take far fewer natural resources to produce than cars, which generate 1.2 billion cubic yards of pollution each year.

Saves Forests

Far less rubber is involved in making bicycles and their tires, which helps prevent the clearing of forests for rubber plantations.

Combats Noise Pollution

Bicycles create less noise than cars, which prevents wildlife from fleeing to quieter areas.

Helpful Resources