Warmer weather always motivates many students and adults to dust off their bicycles and ride to school or work, and the Stevens Point Police Department has advice for cyclists to help them keep themselves and their bicycles safe.
• Be sure your bicycles are tuned up, fitted to you, and safe for another riding season.
• Cyclists must always follow the rules of the road, obeying all street signs and yielding to pedestrians and vehicles with the right of way.
• Wearing a properly fitting helmet greatly reduces risk of serious injuries in case of a crash.
• Lights and reflectors are required at night, and bright, reflective clothing can help you be seen.
Recent Bicycle Thefts
The Police Department has seen an increase in stolen bicycles this spring, and Police are concerned that many of the bicycles were locked up, as they recommend, or inside of locked buildings.
Police normally see opportunist “joy riders” taking an unlocked bike for transportation purposes, and normally recover those bikes within a day or two. The recent strings of thefts have targeted higher value bikes, and locks were cut or buildings were entered.
In addition to a high quality lock, Police recommend that you park your bike in a well-lit area or store it indoors. Check on your bike often and have a bicycle license so the Police have your information on file, which can help you recover a stolen bicycle.
If you have any information about stolen bicycles or see any suspicious activity, please contact the Stevens Point Police Department at 715-346-1500 or Portage County Crime Stoppers at 888-346-6600.