1. Crashing or falling while not wearing a helmet 2. Bicyclists on the wrong side of the street
3. Pedestrians trying to cross the street mid-block
4. Not following traffic signs and signals
As a reminder, always stop and look both ways before entering a street, even from a driveway or parking lot. Look left, right and left again before entering the street. Make eye contact and make sure the driver sees you before crossing in front of a car.
Never carry things that would prevent you from putting at least one hand on the handlebars of the bicycle (Vehicle Code 21205). To be safe, keep 2 hands on the handlebars when possible.
Hitching rides on a car is against the law for bicyclists, scooters and skateboards (Vehicle Code 21203).
Each rider of a bicycle must have a seat; double riding is not allowed (Vehicle Code 21204 (b)).
Riding a bicycle requires your full attention! Do not ride with headphones in both ears (Vehicle Code 37400).
Stay focused and stay alert! Ride defensively; try to anticipate and predict what motorists may do.
Keep your bicycle in good condition.
Published: March 20, 2014 - Volume 12 - Issue 49