Southern California Cycling News and Bicycle Safety Tips BLOG

Five Tips for Increasing Cycling Visibility in Southern California

Some bicycle accidents occur when motorists fail to spot cyclists in time to avoid collisions. Motorists may not be scanning the road for cyclists, so it is important to adopt methods that can help you stand out. Visibility is paramount to your safety as a cyclist. Our five tips could help you decrease the odds of being involved in a collision with a vehicle. Wear bright clothing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fluorescent clothing can make you visible to motorists from further away during the daytime. Fluorescent clothing is even more useful when used on moving parts of the body, such as the legs. Bright retroreflective clothing could improve your visibility at night. Use reflective tape. You could attach reflective tape to your clothing, helmet or bicycle. Reflective tape can bounce light off oncoming vehicles. This is a good tip if your clothing does not already…
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Can a Cyclist Roll Through Stop Signs in California?

California is one of the most popular states for cycling and also a state with a high number of cycling-related injuries. From 2010-2016, fatal cycling accidents increased by 43% in the Bay Area alone, states the Mercury Report. With such high numbers, it seems logical that California legislature should be enacting cycling laws that can lower the amount of accidents on the roads. However, it seems the legislature has yet to agree on whether cyclists will be able to utilize the “California Roll,” known otherwise as the “Idaho stop,” while traveling through the city. The California Roll The colloquial term refers to a cyclist rolling through a stop sign. This means that the cyclist would be traveling towards a stop sign and, instead of slowing to a stop, would observe their surroundings for any pedestrians or vehicular traffic first. If none of these were present, the cyclist would be free…
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Questions and Answers About Food While Riding

What are the best foods to eat while cycling to keep your energy up? How often should you eat while cycling? Here are some common questions and answers regarding diet and cycling and how to keep your energy up during a long ride. Q: How long can I cycle without needing to eat? A: If you have eaten prior to riding, you should not need to refuel if your ride is under an hour long. After an hour has passed, you will want to consume small amounts of high GI carbohydrates, which help keep your blood glucose up and your muscles fueled. Aim for between 30 and 60 grams of carbohydrate per hour. Sports drinks, carbohydrate energy gels, jellied sweets, bananas and low fiber cereal or carbohydrate bars are all excellent providers of these essential carbohydrates. Q: How can I eat without feeling too full to ride? A: You will…
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