The Avalon Police Department works diligently to protect the roadways for both bicyclists and motor vehicles. Our main priority is preventing accidents and injuries.
Whether you are going through our business district or just out for a ride, bicycle riding can be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. There are several bike shops in town where you can rent or buy bikes to enjoy. We encourage you to do so, however, due to the increased vehicular traffic during the summer months, bicycle riders must be extremely careful.
Bicycle riders must comply with all traffic regulations. The Borough of Avalon has passed ordinances that prevent bicycles from riding on the sidewalks from 20th through 32nd Streets on both Ocean and Dune Drives. If you must be on the sidewalk in these areas, please walk your bike.
On the boardwalk, bike riding is permitted from 6 a.m. through 10 a.m. Please walk your bike during any other times.
Our police officers have been actively educating bicyclists by stopping bicyclist who have been observed committing an infraction and giving them bicycle safety cards. We are doing this for the safety of the riders, pedestrians and vehicles and Avalon Police Officers are providing each rider with important safety information. Please keep in mind that for any infraction, bicyclists may be issued a ticket.
BIKE SAFETY LAWS AND ORDINANCES:
- Bikes must be walked on sidewalks on Ocean and Dune Drives from 20th through 32nd Streets.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals. Bicyclists must stop at ALL red lights and stop signs.
- Ride single file
- Children under 17 must wear a helmet.
- Bikes operating at night must be equipped with the following:
- Front and rear lights
- Ride on the road in the same direction as motor vehicles.
- Bikes must be equipped with an audible device.
- No one other than the rider may attach to a bike
- One seat = One rider!
ADDITIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION:
- See and be seen!
- Wear brightly colored clothing
- Wear a brightly colored helmet
- Wear reflective gear
- Use hand signals to communicate your intent
- Yield to Traffic
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Ride carefully
- Do not ride excessively fast
- Use the designated Avalon Borough bike lanes when possible
- Do not text and ride your bike at the same time
BICYCLE REGISTRATION PROGRAM:
The Avalon Police Department has a program to register your bicycles. Please bring them to the police department, or if you are unavailable to do so, call to have an officer respond to your home. Officers will gather information about your bike and assign it a unique registration number. This registration number will be affixed to your bicycle and allow the police department to track the bike in the event it is lost or stolen. If your bike was lost or stolen and subsequently recovered, this registration number will assist officers in returning the bike to its rightful owner(s).
We hope that you have a safe and enjoyable time while in Avalon. Remember to share the road with pedestrians, motor vehicles and other bicyclists!