bike safety and security



Make sure you know traffic laws before you GO by BIKE. Acting within the law and riding as a part of normal traffic will make your ride safer and more enjoyable.

Bike safety resources:

Find the full California Vehicle Code, as applicable to people on bikes, on the Department of Motor Vehicle’s website. Some additional rules may apply within individual city limits, so please become familiar with your particular area’s requirements. Here are some basic rules and guidelines:

Be visible

  • Wear bright-colored clothing at all times and reflective clothing at night.
  • When riding at night, bikes are required to have a headlight emitting white light, visible from no less than 300 feet, as well as rear, pedal, and side reflectors.

Riding on the street

  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Stay alert, scanning the road and traffic around you.

Intersections

  • Watch for cars pulling out of driveways or parking spots.
  • Use hand signals to indicate a turn, except when both hands are needed to retain control of the bike.
  • When turning left, move cautiously into the far-left or left-turn lane. Don't turn left from the right-hand side of the road.
  • When going straight, merge to the left of “Right Turn Only” lanes while avoiding any oncoming traffic. Do not go straight in a lane marked “Right Turn Only.”

Sidewalks

  • Riding on sidewalks should be avoided and may be prohibited in some areas.
  • If you choose to ride on a sidewalk or crosswalk, where allowed, ride cautiously and yield right-of-way to people walking.
  • Use a bell or give a vocal warning to people before passing.

Hazards

  • Be aware of hazards on the roadway, such as parallel-slat sewer grates, slippery manhole covers, oily pavement, sand, and gravel.
  • Cross railroad tracks carefully and at right-angles to the track. Stand up on your pedals for better control.

Helmets

  • All riders are encouraged to wear helmets while riding.
  • A helmet meeting the ANSI, Snell, or ASTM standards is required for anyone under 18 years of age.

Protect Your Bike from Theft

One of the best security options available is to use a bike locker or secure bike parking. Bike lockers are available at Trolley stations, all COASTER and SPRINTER stations, Rapid transit stations along the I-15 corridor, and some Park & Ride lots. Sign up for an iCommute account and submit an online registration form to reserve secure bike parking.

Many locations also offer bike racks. Remember that it’s important to secure both wheels to the frame and the frame to the rack. Take items that are easily removed from your bike with you.

Register Your Bike Today

One of the most important steps you can take to protect your investment is to register your bike with the National Bike Registry. If your bike is ever stolen, having your bike registered makes it easier and faster for it to be recovered and returned to you. It’s a simple and inexpensive process that can be completed online or by phone at 1-800-848-BIKE (2453).

For more information, call 511 and say "iCommute” or email iCommute@sandag.org.

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