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:

Wear a Helmet

1. Wear a Helmet

  • Helmets reduce the risk of head injury.
  • Helmets should be worn low, level and snug.
Ride Predictably

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.
Wear a Helmet

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.
Ride Predictably

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:

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Dismount Zone

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.PDF File Opens in new window
Prevent theft with a U-Lock

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.
License your Bicycle

7. Register your bicycle