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What is the law?

As a cyclist, you must:

  • Obey all road markings, traffic signs and traffic signals.
  • Not carry any additional passengers on the bicycle unless it has been adapted to do so, such as tandem bicycles or child seats.
  • Not ride your bicycle in a way considered to be inconsiderate or careless.
  • Not ride a bicycle when you are unfit to control it, through the consumption of alcohol or drugs. It is also an offence to be in charge of a bicycle when drunk.

How can I keep my bike secure?

Getting your bike security marked and registered is a visible deterrent to bike thieves. We regularly set up engagement stalls with our neighbourhood policing teams offering security marking, registration and advice on locking your bike securely.

How do I report an incident?

To report your bike has been stolen, or if you suspect you are being sold a stolen bike fill in our 'report a crime or incident' form or visit a police station in person.

If you have been involved a cycling incident, fill out our 'report a cycling near miss’ form. Please note this form is not for reporting an actual collision.

For thefts from railway stations, please contact the British Transport Police on 101.

Want to know more?

Highway Code – Rules for Cyclists sections 59 to 82

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