Shippensburg Police Department


Fred A. Scott, Chief of Police


60 West Burd Street ~ Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257 ~ Department: 717.532.7361 Fax: 717.532.2313

          Please pull over to the right for lights and siren....whether they are coming up behind you or driving on the other side of the road...Please pull over toward the right hand side for lights and siren         



Bicycle Safety

  1. Protect Your Head. Wear a Helmet.

Never ride a bicycle without a helmet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommend that bicyclists wear a helmet that complies with the CPSC standard.

Bicycle helmets can reduce head injuries by 85 percent. Select a helmet that fits snugly and sits flat on the head.

For children, use the extra padding that comes with the helmet to ensure a proper fit. This padding can be removed as the child's head grows.

  1. Assure Bicycle Readiness. Make Sure Your Bicycle Is Adjusted Properly.

Make sure you can stand over the top tube of your bicycle. Adjust your bicycle to fit you (see owner's manual).
Before using your bicycle, check to make sure all parts are secure and working well. The handlebars should be firmly in place and turn easily. Your wheels must be straight and secure.
Add a carrier to the back of your bicycle if you need to carry things.

  1. Stop It. Always Check Brakes Before Riding.

Always control your speed by using your brakes. If your bicycle has hand brakes, apply the rear brake slightly before the front brake. Always keep your brakes adjusted. If you cannot stop quickly, adjust your brakes.

Consult your bicycle owner's manual or have a bicycle shop adjust the brakes. When your hand brake levers are fully applied, they should not touch the handlebars. Each brake-shoe pad should wear evenly and never be separated more than one eighth inch from the rim.

Ride slowly in wet weather and apply your brakes earlier – it takes more distance to stop.

  1. See and Be Seen.

Wear clothes that make you more visible. Always wear neon, florescent, or other bright colors when riding a bicycle.

  1. Avoid Biking at Night.

It is far more dangerous to bicycle at night than during the day. Most bicycles are equipped for daylight use and need to be adapted for nighttime use.

If you must ride at night, you should do the following:

• Ride with reflectors that meet CPSC requirements. These should be permanently installed on bicycles for daytime use also. If a carrier is added, make sure the rear reflector remains visible.

• Add the brightest lights you can find to the front and rear of your bicycle.

• Wear retro-reflective clothing or material – not just white or florescent – especially on your ankles, wrists, back, and helmet.

• Only ride in areas familiar to you. Brightly lit streets are best. Always assume you are not seen by a driver.

Young children should NOT ride at night.

  1. Stay Alert. Always Keep a Lookout for Obstacles in Your Path.

Stay alert at all times. Watch out for potholes, cracks, expansion joints, railroad tracks, wet leaves, drainage grates, or anything that could make you fall.

Before going around any object, scan ahead, and behind you for a gap in traffic. Plan your move, signal your intentions, and then do what you planned. If you are unsure, or lack the skill to handle an especially rough area, pull off to the right side of the road and walk your bicycle around the rough area.

Be especially careful in wet weather and when there could be ice or frost on your path.

• Cross all railroad tracks at a 90-degree angle and proceed slowly.

• Use special care on bridge

  1. Go With the Flow. The Safe Way Is The RIGHT Way.

Ride on the right side in a straight, predictable path. Always go single file in the same direction as other vehicles. Riding against traffic puts you where motorists don't expect you. They may not see you, and may pull across your path, or turn into you.

Young children, typically under the age of nine, are not able to identify and adjust to many dangerous traffic situations, and therefore should not be allowed to ride in the street unsupervised. Children who are permitted to ride in the street without supervision should have the necessary skills to safely follow the “rules of the road.”

  1. Check for Traffic. Always Be Aware of the Traffic Around You.

Over 70 percent of car-bicycle crashes occur at driveways or other intersections. Before you enter any street or intersection, check for traffic. Always look left-right-left, and walk your bicycle into the street to begin your ride.

If you are already in the street, always look behind you for a break-in traffic, then signal before going left or right. Watch for left or right turning traffic.

  1. Learn Rules of The Road. Obey Traffic Laws.

Bicycles are considered vehicles. Bicyclists must obey the same rules as motorists. Read your State drivers handbook, and learn and follow all the traffic signs, laws, and rules for operating a vehicle on the road. Always signal your moves. Be courteous to pedestrians and other vehicle operators.

Never wear headphones while riding as they impair your ability to hear traffic. Become familiar with the accommodations that are available for bicyclists in your area. These include bicycle lanes and routes as well as off-road paths. Take advantage of these whenever possible.

  1. Don't Flip Over Your Bicycle. Wheels Should Be Securely Fastened.

If your bicycle has quick release wheels, it is your responsibility to make sure they are firmly closed at all times and to use the safety retainer if there is one.

Check your wheels before every ride, after any fall, or after transporting your bicycle. Read your Owner's Manual for instructions and follow them. If you are even slightly confused about what “firmly closed” means, talk to your bicycle dealer before you ride your bicycle.

Kids and Bicycle Safety

Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent.


But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle!


Be cool follow some basic safety tips when you ride.

Safe Riding Tips

Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride. You should always inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly.

Remember to:


Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. For more information see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publication “Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet.”



Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.



Check Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.



See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.



Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.



Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.



Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and red rear reflectors are required by law in many States), in addition to reflectors on your tires, so others can see you.

Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior, including such things as not wearing a bicycle helmet, riding into a street without stopping, turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind, running a stop sign, and riding the wrong way in traffic. To maximize your safety, always wear a helmet AND follow the rules of the road.

Rules of the Road – Bicycling on the Road    

Bicycles in many States are considered vehicles, and cyclists have the same rights and the same responsibilities to follow the rules of the road as motorists. When riding, always:


Go With the Traffic Flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow – not against it.



Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.



Yield to Traffic When Appropriate. Almost always, drivers on a smaller road must yield (wait) for traffic on a major or larger road. If there is no stop sign or traffic signal and you are coming from a smaller roadway (out of a driveway, from a sidewalk, a bike path, etc.), you must slow down and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding. This also means yielding to pedestrians who have already entered a crosswalk.



Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.



Stay Alert at All Times. Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.



Look Before Turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic.



Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).

Sidewalk versus Street Riding


The safest place for bicycle riding is on the street, where bicycles are expected to follow the same rules of the road as motorists and ride in the same direction.



Children less than 10 years old, however, are not mature enough to make the decisions necessary to safely ride in the street.



Children less than 10 years old are better off riding on the sidewalk.



For anyone riding on a sidewalk:

Check the law in your State or jurisdiction to make sure sidewalk riding is allowed.

Watch for vehicles coming out of or turning into driveways.

Stop at corners of sidewalks and streets to look for cars and to make sure the drivers see you before crossing.

Enter a street at a corner and not between parked cars. Alert pedestrians that you are near by saying, “Excuse me,” or, “Passing on your left,” or use a bell or horn.

For more information on bicycle safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Web site at:

Bicycle Safety in the Borough of Shippensburg

The Shippensburg Police Department wants to make the residence of Shippensburg Borough with children under the age of 12 to be aware of the following Vehicle Code and Shippensburg Borough Ordinance requirements.

3508.  Pedalcycle on sidewalks and pedalcycle paths

        (a) Right-of-way to pedestrians.- A person riding a pedalcycle upon a sidewalk or pedalcycle path used by pedestrians shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian.

        (b) Business districts.- A person shall not ride a pedalcycle upon a sidewalk in a business district unless permitted by official traffic-control devices, nor when a usable pedalcycle-only lane has been provided adjacent to the sidewalk.

3510. Pedalcycle helmets for certain persons

        (a) General rule - A person under 12 years of age shall not operate a pedalcycle or ride as a passenger on a pedalcycle unless the person in wearing a pedalcycle helmet meeting the standards of the American National Standards Institute, the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standards for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling or any other met approval. This subsection shall also apply to a person who rides:

            (1)       upon a pedalcycle while in a restraining seat attached to a pedalcycle; or

            (2)       In a trailer towed by a pedalcycle.

Shippensburg Borough Ordinance! 129-2 - Prohibited locations.

    It shall be unlawful for any person to use, ride, propel or otherwise operate a skateboard or to roller-skate or roller-blade or operate a bicycle on the public sidewalks of the following streets or highways within the Borough of Shippensburg:

Name of Street Location:

King Street - Between Prince Street and Fayette Street

Earl Street - Between Burd Street and Orange Street

Penn Street - Between Burd Street and Orange Street




Shippensburg Police Department  Phone - 717-532-7361  Fax - 717-532-2313        Last Modified :01/30/12 11:28 PM          Copyright 2008