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Guides and Tips

Bicycle Safety and Protection

  • Use a bike light when riding a bicycle at night.
  • Wear a helmet at all times when riding a bicycle.
  • Obey all traffic laws; you must stop at intersections; pedestrians have the right of way.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings; warn pedestrians when you are passing them.
  • Take extra care when passing parking lot exits or driving through parking lots.
  • Give proper hand signals when turning or stopping.
  • Before leaving a lane, give a hand signal. Leave the lane only when safe to do so.
  • Secure your bicycle with a heavy duty U-lock or chain. When possible, lock at least your front wheel and frame to a bike rack or other stationary object.
  • Do not park your bicycle in a doorway, on stairs, or blocking any handicapped access. Use a bike rack.
  • Engrave or permanently mark your bicycle with an identifying number and record that number with Public Safety or the Police.

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