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Preparing to Ride

Bicycling is a fun and healthy exercise. Before riding your bicycle on roadways, take time to learn the rules. Many bicyclists are seriously injured in accidents because they are less protected than drivers of automobiles and/or they do not practice safe riding skills.

By observing Illinois bicycle laws and following safety rules, your bicycling will be enjoyable and more importantly, safer!

Some local governments have additional laws and regulations for bicycles. Please make sure you check with your local government office to see if there are additional laws and regulations you have to follow.

  • Wear a bike helmet at all times. The most serious bike injuries are to the head.

  • Try to keep your bike in good shape.

  • Always let cars and people go first.

  • Slow down and check traffic at all corners.

  • Keep both hands on the handle bars except when doing turn signals.

  • Walk across busy streets.

  • Stay off busy streets.

Helmets are Important
  • Bicycle helmets are an essential element to bicycle safety.
  • Always strap on an approved safety helmet before you ride.
  • Helmets are an important safety device to protect your head and brain from injury.


    • Don't stunt!

    • Don't ride double!

    • Don't hitch rides!

    • Never go in and out of traffic!

    • Never go between two cars!

    Don't Ride in the Dark

    Don't leave bike unlocked

Contact us

 Call (574) 272-2144
Fax (574) 272-4043
Write: 18355 Auten Rd
 South Bend, IN 46637
Police-Fire-EMS-Dial 911


David Cherrone
Fire Marshal
Ron Melser Jr.
Lieutenant, Fire Prevention Specialist

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

 Evening Information

For all Non-emergency information during evening and weekend hours please leave a message with duty shift.  Your call will be answered on the next day's regular business hours.

Hand Signals


Know your bike 
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PLubricate bearings and spindle, replace worn treads.
Keep tight, replace broken ones promptly.
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Inflate to correct pressure, which is stamped on the sidewall of the tire.
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Keep securely fastened.
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Must brake evenly every time, no slippage.
 Date Last Modified: Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Mailing Address:  18355 Auten Road, South Bend, IN 46637
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