Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent. It is important to remember that a
bicycle is not a toy: it is a vehicle! The Fire Department offers bicycle licenses to the public every
Saturday, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. To license your bicycle, visit one of our eleven fire stations
located throughout the City. The cost for a license is $3.00. Without a license, it is difficult to find a
lost or stolen bicycle.
Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and
the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level
front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully
extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.
Check Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.
See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by
others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent,
or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as
reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t
mean the driver can see you.
Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other
items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel,
puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are
in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.
Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are
harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by
others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and
red rear reflectors are required by law in many States), in addition to reflectors on your tires, so others
can see you.