SHOUT OUT: Youngsters can get free bicycle helmets when Fort Lee police conduct their annual bike registration and safety check this Saturday.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, in the parking lot of the police department on 16th Street.
Children from the township who don’t have their own helmets can get one free when they register.
“If a bike is stolen from the street, a car or home, the owner needs the serial number to report the theft to the police,” Fort Lee Police Chief Keith Bendul said. “Most people don’t keep this number handy.
“However, when a bicycle is registered the police can recall information quickly from the computer,” the chief said. “The registration records are cross-referenced by name as well as by serial number and registration number.”
As a result, stolen bikes that are registered have a greater chance of being returned if found.
“Bicycle Registration also aids in the identification of the bicycle owner in case of a crash,” Bendul said, noting that most children don’t carry identification.
“What would happen if your child is involved in a bike crash?” he added. “It could take hours for emergency personnel to make positive identification and contact a parent.
“If your child’s bicycle is registered, you can be contacted quickly.”
On top of that, the chief said, thieves are less likely to steal a registered bike since its owner can easily be identified. Theft reports in Fort Lee’s computer are also posted on statewide and national crime computers. Bicycles can be recovered anywhere in the U.S. and traced back to the original owner.
Strictly Bicycles will conduct a free bicycle safety check, while Fort Lee bicycle patrol officers provide safety tips — and a bicycle rodeo — at Saturday’s event.
Strictly Bicycles is a full service shop in Fort Lee, New Jersey specializing in custom builds, repairs, and products for all cycling needs. Strictly Bicycles carries a large selection of road, triathlon, mountain, hybrid and children’s bikes. Their Benzel-Busch sponsored cafe serves fresh coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and Belgian waffles daily.
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