Bicycle Basics

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Bicycle Safety


  • Register your bicycle with the City of Chesapeake Treasurer's office.
  • Hold onto the handlebars at all times.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Always ride on the far right side of the road.
  • Ride in single file and give an audible warning to any pedestrian you pass on a sidewalk.
  • Have a light on the front of your bike when you are riding after dark and a red reflector on the back.
  • Check to be sure your brakes are working well.
  • Have a horn on your bike.


  • Mark out or cover up the serial number on any bicycle.
  • Ride side-by-side with another bicycle on a street or sidewalk.
  • Ride on the sidewalks in a business district.
  • Hold onto any moving vehicle while you are on your bicycle.
  • Ride with a passenger on your handlebars.

For more bicycle safety information, visit the Traffic Safety page.

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