Southern California Cycling News and Bicycle Safety Tips Blog

How Should You Respond to a Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident?

Hit and run accidents are notoriously common in San Diego. Some hit and run crashes involve pedestrians or bicyclists who die or suffer serious injuries. In the more serious cases, we hear about hit and run collisions on the news – such as the man in Guatay who was seriously injured in a hit and run bicycle crash last month. Other cases of hit and run bike crashes in San Diego involve fatalities.  If you or a loved one suffered harm in a hit and run, there are critical steps you should take immediately following the accident.  Contact the Police and Emergency Services If you suffer injuries in a bicycle collision with a hit and run driver, then your first step should be to seek medical attention and notify the authorities. Depending on what you remember about the vehicle, police may be able to apprehend and arrest the driver. You…
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San Diego County Receives $75K Grant from OTS for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded San Diego County $75,000 to fund their bicycle and pedestrian safety program through 2019.   Administered by San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency, the goal of the program is to reduce the number of cycling and pedestrian injuries and fatalities through safety education for children and adults. Special attention is made to promote distraction-free cycling and helmet compliance. Though bicycle fatalities decreased more than eight percent nationwide between 2016 and 2017, bicycle safety continues to be a top priority for cities like San Diego where cycling is prevalent and there is always a risk for an accident. Bicycle accidents can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries. However, following safety precautions could decrease your accident risk. It’s not too late to learn, use and teach bicycle safety in your life. For children, the program administers fun but educational activities like bicycle…
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New NHTSA Data Shows Decrease in Nationwide Bicycle Fatalities

According to new data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle fatalities declined between 2016 and 2017 by the greatest margin in occupant and nonoccupant traffic crash fatalities. Bicycle fatalities decreased by over eight percent, while pedestrian fatalities decreased by less than two percent. Tips to Avoid a Bicycle Accident in California Follow the helmet law. Under California Vehicle Code, bicyclists younger than 18 years of age must wear properly-fitted helmets while riding on a public road. Nationwide, California has one of the strictest statewide helmet laws for bicyclists. Many states do not have bicycle helmet laws and those that do set the age requirement lower than California. Though a helmet is always recommended for safety, adults 18 years of age and older are not required to wear helmets while bicycling. Avoid distracted cycling. Distracted cycling includes carrying packages or groceries that would prevent a cyclist from…
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