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A few tips and tricks about bicycle safety on the residential streets of Rossmoor. Riding bicycles is a fun and healthy way to get around, but it’s important to remember some essential safety tips to ensure that we have a safe and enjoyable time riding our bikes.

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Let’s go over some key points:

  1. Always wear a helmet: The most important rule when riding a bike is to wear a helmet that fits properly and is securely fastened. Helmets can protect your head in case of a fall or accident and are crucial for your safety.
  2. Be visible: Make sure to wear bright and reflective clothing, especially if you’re riding during low-light conditions or at night. Adding lights to your bike is also a great idea to increase visibility to others.
  3. Use hand signals: Learn and use proper hand signals to indicate your intentions while riding. This helps drivers and pedestrians know when you’re turning or stopping.
  4. Follow the rules of the road: Bicycles are considered vehicles, so you must obey traffic signs, signals, and rules, just like cars. Ride in the same direction as traffic and use designated bike lanes when available.
  5. Stay alert and focused: Keep both hands on the handlebars, and avoid using your phone or other distractions while riding. It’s crucial to be aware of your surroundings and potential hazards on the road. Check out the video below.
  6. Look out for parked cars: Be cautious of car doors opening suddenly when passing parked vehicles. Give yourself enough space and always be prepared to stop if needed.
  7. Cross roads safely: When crossing streets, use crosswalks when available, and walk your bike across busy intersections. Always make sure to look both ways and wait for a clear opportunity to cross.
  8. Ride with others: Riding with friends or family can be fun, but it’s essential to ride single file when on the road, especially in residential areas.
  9. Be cautious at driveways: Slow down and be extra careful when passing driveways. Drivers might not see you coming, so it’s essential to be prepared to stop if necessary.
  10. Practice bike maintenance: Ensure your bike is in good working condition with proper brakes, inflated tires, and functioning lights if you ride during low-light conditions.

Remember, the key to safe biking is to be aware, responsible, and follow the rules. Your safety is our top priority, so please keep these tips in mind every time you hop on your bike. Have a great time riding, and stay safe out there on the streets of our community. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

And that video

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2 Responses

    1. Great question Pamela.

      Bikes come in all shapes and sizes.

      And just like bikes, e-bikes do as well. There is not a specific “look” or style for an e-bike and the exact same e-bike can be a Class1, Class2, or Class 3 e-bike. There’s not an easy way to tell by looking. No bike (e or traditional) needs a license and everyone on a bike *should* wear a helmet (but only Class 3 e-bike require a helmet unless you are 17 and under, then you must wear a helmet all the time). This document gives you some of the legal definitions for e-bikes.

      If you have more questions, please ask.

      Thanks.

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