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Police department shares tips for Bike Safety Month

Remember to share the road, look out for one another

– May is National Bicycle Safety Month and the Paso Robles Police Department is encouraging more people to get active and safely take bike rides.

“Bicycling is a great means of transportation and recreation, and everyone deserves to ride to their destination safely,” Commander Terry Afana said. “Let’s look out for one another and share the road, share the responsibility.”

To help keep people biking or walking safe, the Paso Robles Police Department will conduct a traffic safety operation during the month of May focused on driver behaviors that put bicyclists and pedestrians at risk, such as speeding,  making illegal turns, failure to yield the right of way, and stop sign/red light running.

PRPD suggests the following safety tips for bicyclists and drivers:

Drivers

  • Slow down and follow the speed limit. Be careful traveling through intersections.
  • Look carefully for bicyclists and pedestrians before making a turn or opening a car door near streets or bike paths.
  • Be patient when traveling behind a bicyclist and give them space when passing. California law requires drivers to change a lane, when possible, to pass bicyclists.
  • Never drive distracted or impaired.

 

Bike riders

  • Use lights at night.
  • Although not required for riders 18 and older, always wear a properly secured helmet. Helmets significantly reduce the chance of a head injury in the event of a crash.
  • Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.
  • Yield to pedestrians, just as a driver would. Pedestrians have the right-of-way within marked or unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

 

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

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