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Bicyclists and Drivers Urged to Safely Share the Road for National Bicycle Safety Month

May 20, 2021 - Livermore, CA - With in-person learning back in session, there are more young bicyclists on the road now than ever, especially around schools and in surrounding neighborhoods. May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) along with the Livermore Police Department (LPD) are encouraging drivers to slow down when passing bicyclists, and ask bicyclists to be visible, predictable, and safe on the road.

LVJUSD and LPD suggest the following safety tips for bicyclists and drivers while sharing the road:

Bike Riders

  • Be predictable, safe, and seen: obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red reflector), and always wear a helmet.
  • Keep your head up, always looking ahead at what is in front of you.
  • Always walk your bike in a crosswalk.
  • Be sure to make eye contact with drivers to be sure they see you before proceeding into an intersection.
  • When riding with or around others, ride in single file with space between each bike.
  • Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic, never against traffic, and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.
  • Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars.
  • If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.
  • Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

Drivers

  • Slow down. Give at least three to five feet of space when passing a bike.
  • Wait for a safe place to pass when driving behind a bike, especially on narrow roads. California law requires drivers to provide at least three feet of space between a vehicle and bicycle. 
  • If making a right turn, assume a bicyclist is traveling through the intersection unless they signal otherwise. 
  • When making a left turn, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would for other drivers. 
  • Look for cyclists before opening a car door. 
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.

For more information on bicycle safety tips, visit https://www.visitcompletecare.com/bicycle-safety-tips-for-kids/