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Riding Safety Tips

  • Helmet – Helmet – Helmet: USE IT!
  • Use a guard clip on your trouser cuffs.
  • Always come to a full stop at traffic control signs and signals.
  • Ride single file with the flow of traffic on the extreme right of the road.
  • When riding at night, wear light colored clothing and insure your headlight and rear light is working.
  • Be sure your brakes are in good condition.
  • Use a rack or basket for packages.
  • Keep a safe distance from the rear of moving cars. Cars stop much faster than bikes.
  • When passing parked vehicles, beware of opening car doors.
  • Be alert for pedestrians who might step in front of you.
  • Keep off sidewalks.
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars.
  • Your bike is allowed on buses and the Metrolink. Contact Bi-State for restrictions.
  • Bicycles in traffic are treated just like automobiles. A cyclist must stop for traffic lights and stop signs, give hand signals, and ride on the right side of the street. Failure to do so is a violation of the law.

What can you do to protect your bicycle?

  • Register your bike. This will help recover your bike if it is stolen. See a Public Safety Officer for information regarding bicycle registration.
  • Park in the designated area while on campus. When parking off campus, do not park in an isolated location. Pick a location where there is plenty of light after dark.
  • Always lock your bike. Lock both wheels and the frame to the rack. Using a quality “U” lock is recommended. If you use a cable system, the cable should be at least 3/8” diameter and the lock should be a key operated solid-metal-bodied padlock with a hardened shackle that locks both the heal and toe. The cable should be long enough to go through both wheels and the frame.
  • Use Operation ID to mark the bicycle with an engraver.
  • In the event your bicycle is stolen, report it to a Public Safety Officer immediately.