“As Mayor of Millvale, one of my duties is to work closely with the police department. Our skilled officers have asked me to pass along a few tips to avoid any unwanted problems.”
In Pennsylvania, a bicycle is considered a vehicle, and you must obey all of the laws that apply to other vehicles. There is also a set of rules that apply specifically to bicycles. If you ride in violation of the traffic laws, you greatly increase your risk of a crash, and will likely be found at fault in the event of an accident. Millvale Police enforce laws of the road indiscriminately.
Millvale Police participate with surrounding Municipalities each year in Commonwealth Representative Dom Costa's Children Safety event which includes a bike rodeo.
Millvale also has a Bike and Pedestrian Committee which works under the Millvale Community Development Corporation to improve safety, awareness and provide parking and safe routes for pedestrians and and bicyclists. The committee also has provided confident cycling courses in Millvale through Bike PGH.
- Every bicyclist is responsible for his or her personal safety and welfare while remaining alert and mindful of the conditions of the roads or trails.
- Always wear a helmet: Pennsylvania law requires all cyclists under age 12 to wear an approved bicycle helmet.
- Obey traffic laws: Under Pennsylvania law you are a considered a vehicle when you ride a bike. Ride on the right side of the road. Obey stop signs and red lights and never ride against the flow of traffic.
- Be predictable: Ride in a straight line, with at least one hand on the handlebars. Check to be sure your path is clear and change directions without swerving. Use hand signals to indicate when you are turning.
- Make yourself visible: Wear bright cycling clothes. Put reflectors on your wheels and on the front and rear of your bike. At night use a headlight and an active red light and reflector on the rear of your bike.
- Pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks and bicycle paths. You must give an audible signal as you approach and pass a pedestrian.
- You are not permitted to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk in a business district (except where permitted by official traffic control devices), or where there is a bicycle-only lane available.
- Parking, you can park your bicycle on a sidewalk as long as it does not impede pedestrian traffic. You can park your bicycle at the curb or edge of the roadway where parking is allowed as long as it does not obstruct other vehicles.
- Bicycles are not permitted on freeways in Pennsylvania without permission of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
- All traffic signals must be obeyed in accordance with standard vehicle laws. If a traffic signal does not detect your bicycle, try positioning the bicycle directly over the saw cuts in the pavement that detect vehicles. If the signal still does not detect you, you may treat the red signal as a stop sign and proceed through the intersection after yielding to all intersecting traffic (including pedestrians).
- Hand and Arm Signals
- To signal a left turn, extend the left hand and arm horizontally.
- To signal a right turn, extend the right hand and arm horizontally, or extend your left hand and arm upward.
- To signal a stop or decrease in speed, extend the left hand and arm downward.
IDLING Pennsylvania’s Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act (Act 124 of 2008) (35 P.S. § 4601 (2009)) is enforced in the Borough of Millvale.
Whether you rent or own your home, it is filled with treasured mementos, property and money, important documents and credit cards. You should take the following steps to secure your home against burglary.
- Obtain an alarm system if you can; since criminals take cautions with these, you immediately make your residence less likely to targeted.
- Leave on the lights of the television before you leave.
- Tell your local police department to conduct a house watch when you are going on vacation.
- Purchase heavy duty locks for your doors and windows.
- Cut a broom handle or dowel rods (3/4 inch thick) into sections and place them in the tracks of windows, sliding glass doors or bracing a door. This is a great inexpensive way to secure doors and windows.
- Purchase an inexpensive window film. It will prevent glass from shattering, whether from violence of attempt property theft or from extreme weather. It can also prevent accidental injuries.
- Mix up your schedule; do not have a daily routine. Criminals watch for people with routines noting when they leave and for how long.
- Never open your door for someone you don’t know. Ask questions while the door is closed and ask for identification.
The 911 system is in place for your safety. Whether it is an emergency or not, do not hesitate to call 911. Please report any criminal or suspicious activity, and let the operator know if you are not in an immediate emergency. There have been many times Chief Komoroski or Mayor Spoales were alerted of suspicious activity the night before an incident. Again, please do not hesitate. In addition to calling 911 you can also call 412.473.3056 to report a criminal activity.
Questions? Complaints? Reports?
Chief Komoroski is always ready, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.
Call 412.821.3410 x3169 to set up an appointment.