EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Wess Winn, community services officer and crime prevention coordinator with the Waxahachie Police Department to write a weekly column in an effort to answer many of the law enforcement-related questions posed by our readers. Here’s this week’s column.
I know this may not be the best subject to write about with the present heat wave, but hopefully it will help get the word out to those who still ride bicycles even in this heat. It is important to know the rules when riding a bicycle on a public road.
One is that if you are riding in the road you are required to ride with the flow of traffic. You also have to use proper hand signals while riding on the road.
Another rule to remember is while riding in the roadway, bicyclist have to obey all traffic control devices: lights, stop signs, one way streets, etc…
Make sure that if you are riding your bike at night on the roadway that you have the proper lighting on it to make it street legal. The state requires that bicycles have a white light on the front of it, which is visible from up to 500 feet away and a red reflector on the rear of the bicycle that is visible from 50 to 300 feet away when directly in front of lawful upper beams. (Transportation Code 551.104)
Finally, get your bicycle registered through your local police department.
We have cards available for you to fill out with your name, address, bike description and the all important serial number, which is located under the crank shaft of your bicycle. You do not have to register it through law enforcement agency but please write down the serial number and keep it safe.
That way when you make a report, the bicycles serial number can be entered into a data base which makes it easier for LE to find your bike.
Also make sure you lock your bike up, out of sight of would be thieves.
If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-937-9940, Ext. 211. Look for your questions to be answered here in the Waxahachie Daily Light every Sunday or listen to officer Winn’s show on KBEC Radio AM 1390 at 9 a.m. every Monday.