With spring in full force and summer inching closer, there’s no better time to enjoy more bicycling. Whether you’re a year-round California bicyclist, or you’ve been waiting for the right time to bring your bike out for a ride, there are necessary precautions you should take.
More than 100 bicyclists die in crashes in California every year, and over 10,000 sustain injuries from the collision. Despite the safety measures bicyclists take, they cannot always trust that motorists will do the same. Negligent drivers can cause a severe accident that can result in devastating injuries for bicyclists.
California bicycling regulations are typically the same as for motor vehicle drivers. California laws require that every bicyclist should:
- Use the bicycle lane
- Ride with the flow of traffic
- Obey all traffic signs, signals and laws
- Equip your bike with a proper brake
- Equip your bike with reflectors on both the front and back
- Never ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Other tips that bicyclists should consider to ensure their safety include:
- Wear a helmet
- Wear bright or reflective clothing
- Stay visible while on the road so drivers can see you
- Make sure your bike is the right size
- Use hand signals to communicate with drivers
- Don’t use headphones while riding
Bicycling is a great alternative to driving but can be extremely dangerous. The roads are full of drivers who may not pay close attention to bicyclists or become easily distracted. An accident with a vehicle can have severe repercussions on your life. Following these safety measures can help you stay alert and defensive while on the road.