Bicycling Street Smarts cover

Bicycling Street Smarts by John S. Allen

"THE definitive booklet for learning to ride in traffic"
Officer Kirby Beck, Police-Certified Instructor, Past President, International Police Mountain Bike Association

"Wow! This easy-to-read book will make you a better, safer cyclist."

W. Preston Tyree, Education Director, League of American Bicyclists

Bicycling Street Smarts is an updated and revised edition of Street Smarts, originally published between 1988 and 2000 by Rodale Inc.

This compact booklet describes the nuts and bolts of safe and legal on-road cycling including lane-positioning, navigating intersections, expert control of brakes and steering, emergency maneuvers, and dealing with difficult situations. By learning correct on-road riding techniques and mastering control of the bicycle, any cyclist from beginner to expert will enjoy increased confidence and safety while riding any road.

Size: 5 3/8" x 8 1/4", 46 pages
ISBN: 1-881559-75-0
UPC: 6-14981-55975-6

Bulk discounts below (direct from Rubel BikeMaps only) are for organizations who intend to give booklets away (not for resale):

copies each
(no discount) 1 $4.95
2-24 $3.00
25-99 $2.00
100-239 $1.50
240 or more* $1.00*
5,000 or more contact us

* Generic version $1 each in case quantity (multiples of 240 booklets). California version is costlier due to smaller average printings. See below for shipping costs and how to purchase.
Resellers: contact us for discounts + free display racks. Custom versions can be produced for large quantities.

Purchasing single copies | Bulk order discounts | Custom versions
10/4/01 Press Release
Free copies of Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Ohio versions

About the Author:
John S. Allen has written over 200 articles for national bicycle magazines. He frequently serves as an expert witness-consultant in bicycle accident cases. Mr. Allen is also the author of The Complete Book of Bicycle Commuting (Rodale, 1981), and has co-authored or contributed to many other publications. John is very active in bicycle advocacy organizations including the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, Massachusetts Bicycle Safety Alliance, and the Federal Highway Administration's Steering Committee for development of a national bicycling curriculum. He has been bicycling for transportation and recreation since 1964, and rides more than half his annual mileage in urban traffic. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son.

Street Smarts On-Line:

Please bear in mind that Bicycling Street Smarts is a copyrighted publication. Permission requests for reproduction should be directed to Rubel BikeMaps, PO Box 401035, Cambridge, MA 02140,

The current web-version of Bicycling Street Smarts appears on John Allen's web site. Other on-line versions are available for Arizona, Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (PA version is based on an earlier edition). To obtain printed copies of state-specific booklets click here.

Shipping Costs for Bicycling Street Smarts:

Shipping to U.S. locations for 1-6 booklets is $1 for first booklet and $0.50 for subsequent booklets. For 7 or more booklets to continental U.S. locations use chart below (UPS ground). Contact us for shipping charges outside of the continental US. Sometimes lower-cost shipping is available via USPS options, particularly for longer distances.
Shipping cost via UPS to: (residential locations add $2 per box)
Quantity New England East of Mississippi Mississippi to Rockies West of Rockies
7-10 $6.00 $7.00 $7.50 $8.50
11-25 $6.50 $8.00 $8.50 $9.50
26-50 $7.00 $9.00 $9.50 $12.00
51-75 $7.50 $10.00 $12.00 $14.00
76-100 $8.00 $11.50 $14.00 $16.50
101-125 $9.00 $13.00 $16.00 $20.50
126-150 $10.00 $15.00 $19.00 $24.50
151-175 $11.50 $18.00 $22.50 $29.00
176-240 $13.00 $21.00 $26.00 $34.00
over 240 Use previous line for multiples of 240; other lines for remainder
1920+ Lower shipping rates may apply; contact us for details.

Purchasing our books and maps:

Bulk order discounts are available directly from Rubel BikeMaps. Please contact us via

Single copies or small numbers can be purchased via internet, US mail, or in stores.

Obtaining state-specific versions:

Free or low cost printed booklets based on Bicycling Street Smarts can be obtained directly from the sponsoring organizations, typically at no charge for residents or groups in those states. Details may vary by state; for ordering or contact information click on one of these links:

Arizona; sponsored by Arizona Department of Transportation.
California; sponsored by several organizations; copies may also be purchased from Rubel Bikemaps (while supplies last).
Florida; sponsored by Florida Bicycle Association, Florida Department of Transportation, and Bike Florida.
Idaho; sponsored by Idaho Transportation Department and Ada County Highway District.
Ohio; sponsored by Ohio Department of Transportation.
Pennsylvania; sponsored by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Custom versions of Bicycling Street Smarts:

New custom versions, feasible for large quantities, can be created with content tailored for your organization. For moderate quantities and customizing just the cover it is usually most cost-effective to apply a stamp or stick-on label to the standard booklet. Contact Rubel Bikemaps for details about custom booklets or pre-printed labels.


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Pennsylvania Bicycle
Driver's Manual, 2000

web version
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Ohio Bicycling
Street Smarts
2002, 2004

web version
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Breezer Skills
provided with all new Breezer bikes since 2002


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Florida Bicycling
Street Smarts

web version
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Arizona Bicycling
Street Smarts, 2004

web version
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Idaho Bicycling
Street Smarts, 2005

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California Bicycling
Street Smarts

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