BICYCLE SAFETY On The Road
California Highway Patrol (CHP), Sacramento, California reminds
motorists and bicyclists of
National Bicycle Safety Month.
During the month of May, CHP is asking
motorists to share the road safely and courteously. Bicycle safety is important
every day, but activities planned during May will focus on safely sharing the
“Whether you are driving a car or
motorcycle, walking or bicycling, it is important to remember that the road
belongs to everyone,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Regardless of a
person’s mode of transportation, we all have a responsibility to know and
follow the law.”
Bicycle riders and vehicle drivers must
follow many of the same laws, including stopping at stop signs, signaling
turns, not being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, pulling off the
roadway if five or more vehicles are lined up behind them, yielding to
pedestrians, and not driving distracted. California also requires motorists to
allow at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicycle.
Data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated
Traffic Records System indicates that during the past five years, 738
bicyclists were killed in collisions and another 61,000 were injured. The data shows
that improper turning and bicycling under the influence of drugs or alcohol are
the major causes of injury or death.
“Bicycle Safety Month is a great occasion
for Californians, whether out with friends, family, or on their own, to strap
on a helmet, hop on a bike, and see just how fun and welcoming our streets and
bike paths have become,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the Office of Traffic
Safety. "Californians now see biking as a real transportation option. The
key is to ensure that biking is safe for everyone."
The University of California, Davis, Trauma
Prevention Program has reported that 50 percent of bicycle deaths are from head
injuries. California law requires that all riders under age 18 wear a helmet,
but helmets are important for riders of all ages.
Eighty-seven percent of bicyclist deaths
tracked nationally are persons ages 20 and older.
Many CHP offices throughout California have
activities planned for Bicycle Safety Month. Safety rodeos and educational
presentations will help the CHP promote safe behavior to protect both
bicyclists and drivers.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest
level of Safety, Service, and Security.
Safe Kids Worldwide -
We have a simple saying: "Use your head, wear a
It is the single most effective safety device available to
head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
Bicycle riding is
fun, healthy, and a great way to be
But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not
a toy; it’s a VEHICLE!
BE COOL! – follow some basic safety tips when
For more information
on bicycle safety,
visit the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) Web site at: www.nhtsa.dot.gov