Bicycle registration is required in Victoria
Jan. 29, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 28, 2011 at 7:29 p.m.
By Chris Guerra
As the holiday season has passed, many children have received bicycles as presents. Here are some tips to use and share with your favorite little rider:
Bikes are easy to steal, they should never be left out in the open unless they are secured with a good lock (preferably made of cable)
By city law, all bicycles must be registered with the city through the police department.
There is no charge to register a bicycle and it only takes a few minutes of your time.
Most local retailers who sell bicycles offer registration at the time of purchase. These are official Victoria Police Department registrations.
If the retailer who sold the item did not register it, bicycles can also be registered at the Police Department downtown (306 S. Bridge St.) or at the Victoria Mall Police Substation.
Always wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws, they are there to make bicycle riding a safe and enjoyable experience.
If you plan to ride your new bike at night, make sure that it is equipped with a headlamp on the front and tail lamp to the rear so that you are highly visible to vehicles traveling the roadway.
Small children should not be left unsupervised while riding their bicycles.
For more information, contact SPO Chris Guerra, Crime Prevention Unit, 361-485-3808.