Bicycle Safety

The following safety tips can save lives and prevent bicycle tragedies.

Drivers


  • 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.
 

Bicyclists


  • 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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