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May 07

May is Bicycle Safety Month

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 4:35 pm by Peter Ibrahim

With the weather warming up, the Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is highlighting how bicycling is a great way to stay in shape, save money on gas, reduce pollution and a great way to see the sightsee when visiting recreational areas. Many cities have created bike-friendly routes, complete with bike paths, special bicycle parking areas and special amenities. While we encourage bicycle safety all year, National Bike Safety Month in May is just one way to celebrate our love to ride.  

Motorists and cyclists must take extra precautions when they travel together. Cyclists often share the road with vehicles, which creates a host of hazards, and injuries can happen even on a designated path. In 2016, California passed legislation requiring motorists to proceed past riders with at least a 3 foot of clearance.

Bicycle safety tips can save lives and stop tragedies witnessed far too often in Menlo Park. The California Highway Patrol also offers traffic safety information for cyclists and pedestrians.