Bike Yuba City Safely!
Riding a bicycle is a great excuse to get outdoors and breathe in some great California air while at the same time reducing air pollution and traffic congestion. Bikes aren't just for recreational use, they're great for running errands like quick trips to the convenience store, the park, a restaurant, visiting friends or even going to work. Below are some simple tips on bike safety and education to keep you on your toes while on your bike.
Equipping Your Bicycle for Commuting
- Make sure the bicycle is properly sized and adjusted.
- Use a white headlamp and a red rear reflector for night riding.
- A rack over the rear wheel is convenient for carrying items such as books, a briefcase, or clothing.
- Carry a basic tool kit, tire patch kit and tire pump for those unexpected roadside repairs.
Bicycle Safety Guidelines
- Wear a bicycle helmet. It is the law for persons under 18 years of age.
- Always ride in bike lanes on bike routes.
- Ride with the traffic flow.
- Ride in a straight line.
- Ride to the right if you are moving slower than other traffic, unless you are turning left, passing another bicycle or vehicle, or avoiding hazards.
- Obey all traffic signals. Stop at stop signs and red lights.
- Use a light, reflectors and reflective clothing during darkness.
- Wear bright clothing during the daytime.
- Keep a safe distance from parked cars.
- Use proper hand signals when turning, stopping or changing lanes.
- Use extra caution when it is raining, and allow extra time to stop.
- Cross railroad tracks at a right angle.
- Walk your bike when using a crosswalk.
- Do not wear headphones on both ears while riding.
- Keep your bike properly maintained so it is safe.
- Do not drink and ride.
- Ride defensively.
- Be alert for road hazards.
- Watch for cars at cross streets and driveways.
- Use lights at night.
- Ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic. Keep right where practicable to allow vehicles to pass.
- Be aware of parked cars and watch for car doors that may open.
- Give pedestrians the right of way.
To Read all California Code, Laws and Regulations visit Codes, Laws, and Regulations on the California Department of Transportation website.