Dublin encourages the use of helmets for children and adults, but does not mandate them by law. Proper helmet fit is key to reducing injuries. Follow these steps to ensure your helmet fits properly.
- It should fit snugly and can be fine-tuned by adding thick or thin removable pads inside.
- A bicycle helmet should sit low on the forehead, just above the eyebrow.
- The buckle should be just under the chin, with about one finger’s width of space between the strap and the chin. The helmet must ALWAYS be buckled.
- The two side plastic pieces on the straps should fit just under the ears.
Rules of the Road
Follow the Law – bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going. Drivers are required to give at least three feet of space when passing bikers.
Be Predictable – Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
Be Conspicuous – Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.
Think Ahead – Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards.
Ride Ready – Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
For more Rules of the Road view our #ShareOurStreets safety information for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
Schedule a Safety Presentation
The Dublin Police Bike Unit uses bicycles in addition to their motor vehicles to patrol Dublin’s streets and recreation paths. Officers assigned to this unit also are available to conduct bicycle safety talks for organizations and civic groups. To schedule a presentation, call 614.410.4800.
Bicycle registration is available through the City of Dublin Division of Police. If your bicycle is lost or stolen, bike registration could help you reunite with your bicycle. Registration can be completed in person at the Justice Center, 6565 Commerce Parkway, or at community events including the Dublin Irish Festival.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Find the Right Bike for You
- Planning for Long Distance Rides