Bicycle & Walking Updates
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And I BikeMeet some everyday people who enjoy bicycling as part of an active lifestyle. The bicyclists on our streets are moms, dads, grandparents, someone's child...motorists and bicyclists alike have a shared responsibility to follow the rules of the road, watch out for each other, and travel respectfully.
And I bike.
Jon, owner of a driving school in downtown Redding, loves fast cars and racing on the track. He is also an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. Jon and his wife enjoy bicycling as a way to stay fit and prepare for larger outdoor adventures, such as climbing Mt. Shasta and Mt. Whitney. They find that it's easier to fit quick bicycle rides into their busy schedules than trying to carve out time to make it to the gym.
Jon's Tips:In your car: Give plenty of space when passing bicyclists. When passing on a narrow road, move to the left early on so that motorists behind you have a view of the bicyclist and cars coming towards you know what to expect. Intentionally drive over the reflectors at the center line, the sound will help alert bicyclists that you are approaching. Give the bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing.
On your bike: Ride predictably and follow the rules of the road. When riding along parked cars, avoid swerving in and out between the cars - you are more predictable and visible to motorists when you ride in a straight line. Avoid riding too close to parked cars to stay out of the door zone (the space in which a car door may swing open). Increase your visibility by mounting a red light on the back of your bicycle, using the flashing red light mode during the day and the solid red light at night.
And I bike.
Tamara is a full-time student at Shasta College who enjoys food and photography. She lives an active lifestyle, enjoying dance and using her bicycle for transportation several days a week.
Tamara's Tips:In your car: Be focused and alert when driving. Be on the lookout for bicyclists, especially at intersections. Be patient and wait for a safe time to pass.
On your bike: Ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic. Wear bright colors. Take bicycle rides for the joy of it on trails and streets you are comfortable on, then plan to ride to destinations with these routes in mind. Give yourself time to enjoy the ride, it's more dangerous if you are in a hurry.
And I bike.
Nancy can often be found volunteering at Red Cross shelters during local fires and across the country when disasters occur. She greatly enjoys spending time with family and friends. She rides a bicycle because of the sense of freedom it provides and she enjoys the challenge of mountain biking on dirt trails.
Nancy's Tips:In your car: Don't drive distracted. Don't text or talk on the phone while driving. Check your blind spot when turning right, you may not see a bicyclist coming up in your mirror. Keep in mind that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to use the road.
On your bike: Make eye contact with drivers, especially at intersections. Always signal before you 'take a lane' and keep in mind that cars are bigger - they will always win in a crash.
And I bike.
Cree is a student at Shasta College and regularly rides her bicycle to class on campus. She choses to take RABA and ride her bicycle instead of getting a driver's license. She is a busy volunteer at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, where she enjoys taking care of and spending time with the animals.
Cree's Tips:In your car: Don't underestimate the speed that bicyclists are traveling - be careful to not turn directly in front of bicyclists.
On your bike: Know and use the simple hand signals for right, left and stopping.
We All Share the RoadEveryone can get where they are going safely and more quickly when all road users respect each other and use common sense.
The League of American Bicyclists offer these Ride Smart tips for bicycling on the road:
- Follow the law: obey signals and stop signs, ride in the same direction as traffic, follow the rules of the road.
- Be predictable: ride a straight line (don't weave), signal, check behind you when changing lanes.
- Be conspicuous: ride where you are visible and wear bright clothing, use lights and reflectors, make eye contact.
- Think ahead: watch for turning vehicles, ride outside the door zone of parked cars, watch for road hazards such as potholes.
- Ride ready: wear a helmet, check you tires and brakes, carry tools or supplies.
- Be alert in intersections, especially when turning. Use your turning signals and don't underestimate the speed a bicyclist may be traveling.
- Give bicyclists 3 feet of clearance when passing - it's law in California beginning September 2014.
- Remember that bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities at motorists (yes, expect to see them riding on the road).
- Appreciate that each bicyclist on the road is replacing a vehicle that could otherwise be adding to the traffic.
- Bicyclists are fellow human beings with family, friends and talents.
- Look around - but not at your phone. You are more likely to see bicyclists, vehicles and pedestrians when you are watching for them.
- When parallel parking, look before you exit your car to avoid pushing your door into a passing bicyclist.
Shasta Living Streets Tip Card (pdf) about sharing the road and a diagram for motorists on how to make a right hand turn when there is a bicyclist.
Information and 30-Second Video about California's new 3 Foot Law
Rules of the Road at California DMV.