Southern California Cycling News and Bicycle Safety Tips BLOG

Speeding Car Causes Fatal Bicycle Accident at Tour de Palm Springs

A bicycle accident at the Tour de Palm Springs earlier this month killed a cyclist and left another with serious injuries. The Tour de Palm Springs is a charity bicycle racing event that is held in Indio Hills, California. According to witnesses, a motorist travelling at more than 100 miles per hour lost control of his or her vehicle before crashing into the cyclists. The posted speed limit where the accident occurred is 50 miles per hour. California Highway Patrol said the motorist was also injured in the wreck. Law enforcement are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were involved. This is the second time since 2014 a cyclist has died while participating in the 100-mile charity race. Each year, reckless or negligent motorists are responsible for causing hundreds of fatal bicycle accidents across the US. While practicing bicycle safety tips can help reduce your chances of being involved in an…
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How Can Cyclists Protect Themselves from Angry Drivers?

You have probably experienced road rage if you regularly cycle around San Diego. Some motorists believe that cyclists and cars should not share the road. Angry motorists may honk loudly, speed, improperly change lanes, ignore traffic signs or even intentionally swerve into the path of cyclists. Road rage can lead to confrontations that can endanger the lives of cyclists, pedestrians or other motorists. Four Bicycle Safety Tips to Prevent a Road Rage Accident There are right and wrong ways to react to an angry driver. You may use the following tips to protect yourself if you are harassed by an angry motorist. Don’t engage an angry motorist. You may have heard the old proverb “discretion is the better part of valor.” This is especially true when you are being harassed by an angry driver. Instead of reacting and aggravating the situation, you could ignore this person. If you do engage…
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How Bicycle Safety Advocates Use Ghost Bikes to Memorialize Fallen Cyclists

You may have seen white bicycles attached to street signs, trees, fences or outside of businesses while traveling about Southern California. These “ghost bikes” are placed to let you and others know that a cyclist died at that location. Like tombstones, ghost bikes may also be adorned with flowers, candles, personal photos and other objects left by family and friends. In 2003, a bike mechanic created the first ghost bike after witnessing a fatal bicycle accident in St. Louis, Missouri. After the accident, he painted a bicycle white and placed it where the cyclist had died. The idea has spread to dozens of US cities and foreign countries. Thousands of ghost bike memorials have been placed around the world. Ghost Bikes, an organization that places these bicycles, has chapters in Southern California. Many members of Ghost Bikes have lost loved ones and friends to bicycle accidents. In recent articles published by…
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