RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. -- The Rancho Cordova Police Department is rewarding safe bicyclists with ice cream.

Sgt. Jason Ramos says that from now until Nov. 2, officers will be implementing a Bicycle Safe/Back to School outreach initiative targeting kids 12 and younger. Officers will be looking for those wearing helmets while riding a bicycle and following the rules of the road.

"Then they get issued a safety citation. And it's not citation in the negative sense of the word, but they can go and exchange them for a free ice cream cone at a McDonald's restaurant in the city of Rancho Cordova. 

Those who are not wearing a helmet will get a safety citation as well, one that allows them to receive a bicycle helmet.

Safety tips for bike riding from Rancho Cordova Police:

  • ALWAYS wear helmets while riding. Studies have shown that using a bicycle helmet can reduce head injuries by up to 85 percent. Helmets should have a snug, yet comfortable fit.
  • Make sure children wear proper clothing – light in color to be more visible, and close-fitting to avoid being caught in the bicycle’s moving parts. Also, make sure loose items traveled with are kept in a backpack, rather than held.
  • OBEY ALL RULES OF THE ROAD. These include stop and yield signs, signals, and road markings. Teach children to ride on the right side of the street, with the flow of traffic.
  • Before entering a street or intersection, check for traffic and always look left-right-left. Walk the bike across busy streets at corners or crosswalks.