Safety riding tips

A top priority for Politécnico de Leiria is your safety.


Be sure you read the information in the "Documents" tab and take the online course - You-Biker.

Plan your route

Choose the most bike-friendly route: check the Maps or our Mobile App to select your ideal itinerary. Shorter is not always better, and taking our suggested routes can ensure a ride that is safer and more comfortable.


Be awere of the U-Bike - Polytechnic of Leiria rules here.

Inspect your Bike


It is important to check that your bike is in top shape.

Check the bike screen to know how much battery time and distance remains. When the bike is locked, you can view this information by pressing the horn button.

Ensure that the seat height is fitted to your size by raising or lowering it.

Check the tire pressure (3 bar). Squeeze the tire or push down slightly on the bike to verify adequate tire pressure.

Ensure that both breaks work properly. You know the breaks are working when you press them and the wheel stops turning.

If you are riding at night, ensure that the safety lights are illuminated.

If you detect a problem in your bike, don´t start the ride and contact us.

If any problems arise while you are riding and you cannot use the bike, stop, lock the bike safely and properly.


How contact us?

Wear a helmet

On U-Bike - Polytechnic of Leiria the use of helmet is an obligation.


Helmets are important safety equipment for riding any bicycle, as they reduce the probability of a head injury in the event of an accident.

Choose an appropriate model and size for your head. Take the time to adjust your helmet correctly, it should not move forward or backward on your head. In order to be comfortable, you should be able to put no more than two fingers in the space between the chinstrap and your skin.

Respect the Road Code

Follow the rules of the road by respecting traffic lights and signs.

Ride on bike paths whenever possible.

Use proper arm signals and be a predictable rider.

Be careful and respectful

While riding in traffic, keep your distance from other vehicles.

Maintain 3 feet of distance from parked cars. This creates a “door zone” to account for people unexpectedly exiting their vehicle

Make yourself visible and don’t ride too close to the sidewalk in order to have maneuvering capability and avoid accidents.

Keep an eye on pedestrians to predict their intentions, as they are more vulnerable than cyclists.

When you need to pass another rider, do so on their left-hand side. You may call out your intention to pass (e.g.: “On your left!”)

Pay attention to obstacles on the road. Potholes, sewer grates and railroad tracks can be dangerous for a cyclist. When crossing a railroad track, do so at a 90º angle in order to avoid sliding.

Be predictable

Don’t make sudden turns and stops, and be sure to signal your intentions with proper arm signals.

Signal when you intend to stop, slow or turn.

Before turning, look over your shoulder in the direction you are turning to be sure that there are no oncoming vehicles.

Ensure your signal was understood by establishing eye contact with other road users.