Southern California Cycling News and Bicycle Safety Tips BLOG

Six Important Bicycle Safety Tips for Children

Warm San Diego weather will lead to an increase in the number of cyclists on the road this summer. During this time of year, more people take up cycling as a recreational activity. Some of those people are children who are enjoying their summer time off from school. If your child is going to enjoy cycling this summer, then the following tips from Safe Kids Worldwide may help improve his or her safety. Pick the right helmet size. Your child should always wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, you should ensure that the helmet is the right size and compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards. A helmet should not rock forward or side-to-side. You can read more about selecting the right helmet size on our website. Choose the right bicycle size. You should bring your child along if you are shopping for…
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Dooring Accident Kills Burbank Cyclist

Police are investigating a dooring accident that killed a 51-year-old cyclist in Burbank. Two weeks ago, the cyclist was riding his bicycle in a designated bike lane when a car door opened in front of his path. After colliding with the car door, the cyclist was thrown into traffic and hit by an oncoming pickup truck. Emergency personnel rushed the cyclist to a hospital, but he later died from his injuries. This type of accident can occur even in designated bike lanes. Unfortunately, many bike lanes are next to rows of parked cars. You are also more likely to be in a dooring accident while biking in urban or residential areas. The following steps may help you reduce the risk of a dooring accident. Do not ride in the dooring zone. Ride farther to the left when passing parked vehicles. If the bike lane is too close to parked vehicles,…
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What Are Vulnerable Road Users?

We recently published a blog discussing how fatal accidents increased for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in recent years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the most recent statistics on these traffic accidents. All three groups are known as “vulnerable road users” or “vulnerable users”. This is a catch-all term to describe people who are not using motor vehicles. Other examples of vulnerable users include people on skateboards, mopeds, farm vehicles or in wheelchairs. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users have little to no protection when they are involved in accidents. Some states have laws that help protect vulnerable users from harm. California does have some laws that take vulnerable users into account, but there is always room for improvement. The League of American Bicyclists has three recommendations states can use while crafting vulnerable user laws. These recommendations include: Creating a “vulnerable user law”. This law would…
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