Moped Safety
Photo by Dan Sears

Laws to abide by

  • It is illegal for mopeds to operate on sidewalks and/or in bike lanes.
  • You may not park at bike racks, sign posts, trees, on the grass, stairways, etc.
  • Mopeds are to…
    • Follow all traffic laws just like any other motor vehicle.
    • Yield to pedestrians
    • Be registered with UNC Transportation and Parking
    • Park in designated areas

Be visible

  • If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.
  • Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.
  • Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
  • Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.
  • Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.

Dress for safety

  • Always wear a helmet, it is required by law. Failure to wear helmet on a motorcycle or moped will result in a fine from $25 to $75.
  • Remember – the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing, long pants, and a light-colored helmet.
  • Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.

Apply effective driving strategies:

  • S.E.E.
    • Search for potential hazards
    • Evaluate any possible hazards
    • Execute proper action to avoid.
  • Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’ actions.
  • Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.
  • Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.
  • Watch for turning vehicles.
  • Avoid weaving between lanes.
  • Know and follow the rules of the road, and stick to the speed limit.
  • Stay out of traffic, as much as possible