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Bike Safety Tips & Reminders

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Share The Road Share The Responsibility

Road safety for bikes is crucial to ensure a fun and secure biking experience for everyone. Let’s dive deeper into some essential road safety tips for cyclists like you:

1. Choose Safe Routes: When planning your biking adventure, try to pick routes with designated bike lanes, shared-use paths, or quiet streets with less traffic. Avoid busy roads with high-speed limits and heavy traffic, as these can be more dangerous for bikers.

2. Stay on the Right Side: Just like driving a car, always ride on the right side of the road, going in the same direction as traffic. This helps drivers see you better and anticipate your movements.

3. Use Hand Signals: When turning left, right, or stopping, use proper hand signals to communicate your intentions to drivers and other bikers. For a left turn, extend your left arm straight out to the side; for a right turn, raise your left arm and bend it at the elbow to form an “L” shape; to stop, extend your left arm downward.

4. Be Predictable: As you ride, try to maintain a straight line and avoid weaving between cars or pedestrians. Being predictable helps drivers and other road users understand your movements and keeps everyone safe.

5. Check for Traffic: Always look both ways before entering the road from a driveway, intersection, or any other crossing point. Remember, even if you have the right of way, it’s essential to make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you.

6. Stay Alert: Keep your eyes and ears open while biking. Avoid distractions like using headphones or playing with your phone. Being aware of your surroundings allows you to react quickly to potential hazards.

7. Obey Traffic Signals: Follow traffic signals, signs, and traffic rules, just like drivers do. Stop at red lights and stop signs, yield when required, and obey all road signs and signals.

8. Watch for Parked Cars: When riding on streets with parked cars, be cautious of the “door zone.” Leave enough space between yourself and the parked cars to avoid getting hit by an opening car door.

9. Be Patient at Intersections: Take your time at intersections, even if you have the right of way. This is especially in Rossmoor with all of the uncontrolled intersections. Make sure to look both ways and make sure it is clear before proceeding.

10. Pass with Care: If you need to pass another biker or pedestrian (think runner or jogger), do so with caution. Signal your intention and pass on their left, providing a safe distance between you and the person you are passing. If you can’t pass safely, it’s better to not pass at all.

11. Wear Bright Colors: Dressing in bright colors and wearing reflective gear makes you more visible to drivers, especially in low-light conditions or bad weather.

12. Never Ride Distracted: As you explore the world on your bike, enjoy the sights and sounds, but never use your phone, listen to music, or engage in other distractions that can take your focus away from the road.

By following these road safety tips, you’ll be well-prepared to navigate the streets of Orange County with confidence and have many more enjoyable biking adventures. Always remember, safety comes first, and with the right knowledge and precautions, your bike rides will be a blast!

 

The OCTA is constantly working on safety awareness, education, and engineering for bikes and pedestrians.  Here’s one of their fun videos for e-bike safety, it’s worth a watch and share, for everybody.

And then there’s this short bike safety refresher with some great ideas….

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