Naperville Police ‘Citing’ Residents for Safe Biking

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Residents in Naperville may soon receive biking “tickets” … tickets that can be redeemed for a free ice cream cone.

The Naperville Park District Police and Naperville Police Department will be citing residents all summer for demonstrating safe biking habits, the Chicago Tribune reported. The campaign is promoting community education and safety awareness, and will continue through the end of August.

Examples of sage biking habits include wearing a helmet, obeying traffic laws, locking up bikes when not in use, and remaining visible. Officers from both departments can reward the safe cyclists with a coupon for a free ice cream cone at the Riverwalk Café, located at 441 Aurora Ave. The coupon also lists bike safety rules to serve as a reminder.

As part of the Summer Bike Safety Campaign, both police departments suggests the following tips to ensure a safe ride every time:

  • Wear a bike helmet at all times. Wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent.
  • Keep your bike in good working condition. Be sure tires are properly inflated, brakes work, and the chain is clean and well oiled.
  • Ride single file on the roadway, as far to the right as practical.
  • Obey all traffic laws and slow down and check traffic at all corners and intersections.
  • Watch parked cars for pedestrians and opening doors.
  • Keep both hands on the handle bars except when indicating turn signals.
  • Stay off busy streets.
  • Have a headlight on your bike when riding at night, as well as rear and wheel reflectors.
  • Wear light colored and/or reflective clothing while riding.
  • Only one person on the bike.
  • No stunt riding.
  • Do not carry packages or bundles when riding.
  • No hitching rides from cars.
  • Do not wear headsets while riding.
  • Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Secure the bike when finished riding.

In addition to being safe, the Naperville Park District Police encourages bikers to share trails with other pedestrians by remaining alert of others approaching and maintaining a controlled speed. Bikes should also be registered at the City of Naperville’s website for $1 incase of loss or theft.

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