Bicycle Safety

Bicycle on Road
Free Helmets

The Bainbridge Island Police Department will give a free bicycle helmet to anyone in need. Just stop by the department during regular business hours and ask.

Safety Tips
  • Be alert and always keep your eyes and ears open. Constantly look ahead and around you for traffic and other potential hazards. Shout or honk to alert a potential hazard of your location.
  • Be predictable and ride in a straight line, avoid swerving or sudden turns or movements, and always use hand signals when turning.
  • Be safe and always wear a bike helmet. Avoid racing, doing tricks, carrying extra passengers, or oversize packages while riding your bicycle on public roadways. Never wear audio headphones while riding.
  • Be visible and be sure to have reflectors and reflective equipment on your bicycle, have lights on your bicycle when riding at night and always wear bright colors.
  • Keep your children safe and do not allow your children to ride at night for their own safety. Most drivers do not see riders until it is too late.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals. Bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road motorists do.
  • Ride with traffic and always ride single file on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic.