Category Archives: Bike Safety

San Diego bicycle safety best practices and California bike law information for help understanding the rules of the road for bikes.

Six Tips for Protecting Yourself From Hot Weather While Cycling

The summer is heating up! It’s not only important for cyclist to be safe around motorists and pedestrians but also during the hot summer months. Protecting yourself from extreme heat during the summer can improve your safety and prevent heat-related illnesses. Here’s some tips for biking safety during the hot summer months: Look the part. Wearing technical cycling clothing may save you from a heatstroke. The fabrics in these garments help you to stay cool and sweat-free. Hydrate! Drinking water before, during, and after your ride will prevent heat exhaustion. Don’t drink too much water! Make sure to drink small amounts of water periodically throughout your ride to ensure you’re hydrated. Heat acclimation. Practice riding during cooler times of the days. Gradually build up your intensity and volume. Then practice riding during hotter times of the day. This gradual build will help your body acclimate to the hot summer days….
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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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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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