How to Make a Safety Bicycle Flag

Written by courtney johnson
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Bicycle safety flags are placed on the back of a bike or bike trailer to make sure the rider and any passengers can be seen by vehicles. If you are commuting and have on panniers, a flag coming out of the side facing traffic will alert vehicles to keep a safe distance. Pick a colour that is visible day or night. A do-it-yourself bicycle safety flag can save you money and provide a chance to be creative in designing your own.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 sq. foot of bright-coloured PVC fabric
  • Scissors
  • Plastic dowel in desired length (4 to 6 feet)
  • Heavy-duty or fabric glue
  • Heavy-duty stapler
  • Zip ties

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  1. 1

    Cut a 6- or 7-inch-long triangle out of the PVC fabric.

  2. 2

    Decorate the safety flag by drawing a design on it or by adding decorations if you desire.

  3. 3

    Apply fabric glue or other heavy-duty glue on the inside edge of the flag. Wrap the glued edge around the plastic dowel and seal it. To be sure it stays, use a heavy-duty stapler and staple it two-three times where you sealed the glue.

  4. 4

    Attach the dowel to the bike with zip ties. The best place is to attach it next to the rear triangle on the left-hand side. The triangle is formed by the two bars extending from the rear axle to the seat and pedal assembly.

  5. 5

    For commuting with panniers, attach the bicycle safety flag on the left-hand side near the panniers. You may have to cut the plastic dowel so it does not stick out too far.

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