Bicycle Safety Tips & Theft Prevention
It is essential to follow good riding practices to make every trip by bike is safe and enjoyable.
Here are 7 tips for staying safe while out on the road:
1. Wear a Helmet
- Helmets reduce the risk of head injury.
- Helmets should be worn low, level and snug.
2. Ride predictably
- Ride in a straight line.
- Don't weave in between parked cars.
- Just like driving a car, look over your shoulder before changing lanes or turning.
- Use hand signals.
- Ride as far to the right as is practicable. Cyclists have the right to take the lane if necessary.
3. Use lights if riding at night
- Use a red light on the rear of your bicycle.
- Use a white light on the front of your bicycle.
4. Ride like you would drive a car
- Same rights, same rules, same road.
- Do not ride on the sidewalk. Automobile drivers are expecting other vehicles on the road, not the sidewalk.
- Ride on the right side of the street. Riding against traffic increases your chance of accidents:
5. Watch for Dismount Zones on Campus
- For everyone's safety, the center core of the CSUF campus is a pedestrian only zone. Please obey the signs and park or walk your bike in these areas: Campus Bike Path.
6. Prevent theft with a U-Lock
- U-Locks provide the best protection of any lock.
- Make sure your frame is locked to the bike rack.
- Park your bike only at designated bike racks. Bikes parked on walkways or blocking ADA access will be removed.
7. Register your bicycle
- Complete the bicycle identification form.
- Bring the form, your Titan ID Card, and your bicycle to University Police to register your bicycle.
- Save a picture of your bicycle and license.