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January 10, 2018

Community Update

by Paul S. Wilson, Fire Chief 

“Protect yourself, while riding your bicycle”

Your Cathedral City firefighters and paramedics respond to cyclist emergencies that could have been prevented, by practicing bicycle safety.

When riding your bicycle:

• Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life.

• Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be one to three inches between you and the top tube (bar) of your bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.

• Check Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.

• See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.

• Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.

• Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.

• Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night, than during the day. At night, it is harder for motor vehicle drivers to see you. If you must ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and red rear lights on the rear are recommended), in addition to reflectors on your tire spokes, so others can see you.

Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior. These include such things as; not wearing a bicycle helmet; riding into a street without stopping; turning left; or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind; running a stop sign; and riding the wrong way in traffic. To maximize your safety, always wear a helmet AND follow the rules of the road.

Rules of the Road – Bicycling on the Road

Bicycles are considered vehicles, and cyclists have the same rights and the same responsibilities to follow the rules of the road as motorists. 

When riding, always:

• Ride with the Traffic Flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow – not against it.

• Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.

• Yield to Traffic When Appropriate. Almost always, drivers on a smaller road must yield (wait) for traffic on a major or larger road. If there is no stop sign or traffic signal and you are coming from a smaller roadway (out of a driveway, from a sidewalk, a bike path, etc.), you must slow down and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding. This also means yielding to pedestrians who have already entered a crosswalk.

• Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.

• Stay Alert at-all-times. Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.

• Look Before Turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn. Watch for left or right-turning traffic.

• Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).

Courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) www.nhtsa.dot.gov

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