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The following safety tips can save lives and prevent bicycle tragedies.
Share the road with bicyclists.
Be courteous; California law now mandates at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist.
Look for bicyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from parking spaces and driveways.
Check twice for bicyclists at intersections and yield as directed by signs and signals.
Be especially watchful for riders when making turns.
It is unlawful for automobiles to drive in a bike lane except for 200 feet prior to making a legal turn.
Wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. If under 18 years of age, it’s the law.
A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.
Riders are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
When cycling in the street, bicyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.
Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk
When riding at night the law requires a front light and a red reflector to the rear.
For additional safety, use a flashing rear light, and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing.
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