Crime Prevention Tip
Rules to keep in mind when riding at UMKC
Bicycle riders must follow the same rules of the road as automobile
drivers and have the same rights. Example: Cars must stop at a stop
sign and bicycles must stop at a stop sign. Always ride with traffic.
Bicyclists must travel in the same direction as cars, with the flow
of traffic, and not on the sidewalk, when possible.
- Ride predictably; whether on a roadway or in the middle of the campus, maintain a steady course and speed.
- Obey all traffic laws. Yes, you must STOP at intersections. Pedestrians have the right of way.
- Pay attention to your surroundings; warn pedestrians or fellow riders when you are passing them with, "On Your Right!" Likewise, pedestrians should warn bicyclists when they place them in danger. You should also warn drivers if they are placing you in danger with their driving - a quick yell to get their attention should suffice.
- Take extra care when passing parking lot exits.
- When moving slower than the normal traffic speed, stay near the
right edge of the road, except:
- When passing another bicycle or vehicle.
- When getting ready to turn left.
- When passing a parked car or to avoid other objects.
- When on a one-way road, two lanes or wider. Then bicyclists may ride near either the left or right side.
- Whenever there is a bike lane, you must use it if you are moving
slower than normal traffic speed. Leave the lane only:
- When necessary to pass another bicycle, vehicle or pedestrian.
- When getting ready to turn left.
- When necessary to avoid parked cars or other objects.
- Keep at least one hand on the handlebars. Bicyclists must ride on
a permanently attached seat. Carry no passengers unless there is a
A passenger must ride on a separate seat - no riders on handlebars. A youngster 4 years or younger, or weighing 40 pounds or less, must ride on a seat which holds the child in place and protects the youngster from moving parts. The child must also wear an approved helmet.
- Give proper hand signals when turning or stopping. Correct signals
- Left turn - Left arm straight out pointing left.
- Right turn - Left arm pointed straight up, or right arm straight out pointing right.
- Stop - Left arm pointed straight down.
- Before leaving a lane, give a hand signal. Leave the lane only when safe to do so.
- Never hitch rides by hanging onto or attaching your bicycle to a moving vehicle.
- Bicyclists may not ride on - most freeways. Signs at freeway ramps tell when bicyclists must not enter.
- Headphones covering both ears may not be worn while operating a bicycle.
Always keep a record of your bicycle information so that if your bike is stolen, the following information will be available for the police report: make, model, frame/serial number, size, color, and number of speeds. Engrave your driver's license number on the frame and wheel rims of your bike.
Locking Your Bike
- Use a U-lock to secure your bike. When possible, lock at least your front wheel and frame to a bike rack or other stationary object. Try not to leave your bike locked "free standing." A thief can easily walk away with the bike and remove the lock later.
- Consider using a space reduction device such as "Bad Bones" on your U-lock to make it harder for a thief to use a pry bar to remove the lock.
- Don't park your bike in a doorway, on stairs or blocking any handicapped access. Use a bike rack. Violating bikes will be impounded.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
- Bicycle rider using the wrong side of road
- Auto driver making unsafe left or right turn
- Bicyclist riding from driveway or sidewalk into path of car
- Auto driver opening door as bicycle passes
- Bicycle rider weaving, leaving edge of road or bike lane
- Bicyclist making unsafe left turn
- Bicycle without headlight or reflectors
|UMKC Police Department |
|(816) 235-1515 |
|Crime Prevention Unit |
Officer Patrick Tedesco