Let's Bike

Go Human by biking! Improve your health, save money, help the environment, and avoid traffic and the hassle of parking. Enjoy the ride!

Bike Safely: Tips on the Go

 

Slow Down. Drive the speed limit or less. Be alert for people walking, bicycling, skateboarding on on wheelchairs (CVC 21954(b)).

 

Look twice for people walking or biking before you make a turn. Always come to a complete stop before turning right on red (CVC 21453).

 

Always Ride in the Same Direction as Traffic (CVC 21200).

 

Stop at all stop signs and red lights. All traffic laws and regulations apply to bicyclists as well as motorists (CVC 21200).

 

Be Predictable. Signal your intentions and only change lanes when safe to do so (CVC 22111).

 

When riding at night, use front and back lights, and reflectors to the sides to make yourself visible.

 

Helmets reduce your chance of brain injuries in case of a crash. Children under 18 on a bicycle are required to wear helmets by state law (CVC 21212).

 

Bicyclists may not park their bicycle on a bike path (CVC 21211) or sidewalk (CVC 21206) in a way that impedes other bicyclists or pedestrians, respectively.

 

Bicyclists should ride as far to the right as safe, but can take a lane if road is too narrow, or avoiding hazards (potholes, parked cars, debris) or preparing for left turn (CVC 21202).

 

Bicyclists must use a bike lane if going slower than traffic. Bicyclists can leave bike lane to avoid obstructions and hazards or to make a left turn (CVC 21208).

 

Individual cities and counties can decide if bicyclists can ride on sidewalks (CVC 21206). Slow down for pedestrians on sidewalks, crosswalks or bike paths.

 

Low Speed (less than 20 mph) electric bicycles to use all bikeways unless specifically prohibited (CVC 21213) Mid Speed (less than 28 MPH) are prohibited on bike paths/trails.

Did you know?

 

You can save as much as $8,000 by owning a bike instead of a car. The average American household spends more on transportation than on food or healthcare.

 

A bicyle commuter who rides five miles to work four days a week avoids 2,000 miles of driving and can save over 100 gallons of gas (on top of any parking costs).

 

Commuting by bike burns an average 540 calories/hour.

 

Men who bicycle to work have lower obesity rates as well as healthier triglicerides levels, blood pressure and insulin levels.

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