Bicycle Safety

Riding a bicycle is more than just basic transportation - it can be a fun and exciting hobby. All riders should remember that they're not alone. They share the road with cars, trucks, pedestrians, and other cyclists. Since accidents can turn a bicycle adventure into a bicycling tragedy, here are some tips to help make your ride a safe one.

What You Can Do

  • Where a helmet. Studies have shown that using a bicycle helmet can reduce head injuries by up to 85%. Select a helmet that has a snug, but comfortable fit. Look for the helmet labels that show they are recommended by either the American National Standards Institute, or the Snell Memorial Foundation.
  • Wear proper clothing. Clothing should be light in color and close fitting to avoid being caught in the bicycle's moving parts. Also, be sure loose items are carried in a backpack or saddle bags.
  • Obey the rules of the road. These include all traffic signs, signals, and road markings. Ride on the right side of the street in single file and to use proper hand signals. Never hitch rides by grabbing onto moving cars or trucks.
  • Before entering a street or intersection to check for traffic and always look left-right-left. Walk the bike across busy streets at corners or crosswalks.
  • All bikes should display both front and rear reflectors. Riding at night requires proper lighting on your bicycle.
  • Make sure your bicycle is adjusted properly. Check to make sure that all parts are secure and working. The handlebars should be firmly in place and turn easily. The wheels should be straight and secure. Check tires for pressure, bulges, and cracks.
  • Always lock up your bike. A U-lock should be used, securing both the front wheel and the frame to a stationary object such as bike rack.
  • Be sure your children do not show off on their bikes. Hands should be kept on the handlebars, only one person should be on the bike at a time, and jumping curbs should not be allowed.
  • Record the serial numbers of all bicycles that you own. The Ponce Inlet Police Department offers free registration for your bicycle. You can come to the Police Department and we will record all the information on your bicycle for our data base and issue you a registration sticker for your bicycle. In the event that your bicycle is stolen we are able to work faster in attempting to locate it. Remember, it's free.

Helpful Resources

The Ponce Inlet Police Department has several free booklets on bicycle safety for both adults and children. Stop by an pick up one from our lobby.

Crime prevention tips are provided by the National Crime Prevention Council.