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May is National Bike Month

Posted April 30th, 2019
Bike Month Safety

Expand your multi-modal transit powers with a bike!

With great weather year-round and numerous trails, the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys and biking fit together naturally. More and more people are choosing to use their pedal powers on their commute and for fun. And it’s important that we are all mindful of bike safety. Bike safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when you ride or see a bicyclist:

Know the law. Cyclists have a legal right to share the road. Understand the laws governing traffic safety, safe riding procedures, bike equipment, and more.

Wear a helmet. Bicycle helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head and brain injury when a crash occurs by as much as 85 to 88 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Understand hand signals. Hand signals communicate changes in direction and speed. It helps others adjust their movements in relationship to yours. You can learn more at bikeleague.org/content/signaling.

Be visible. Wear bright colors. Equip your bike with a headlight and rear reflector.

Pay attention. Don’t ride or drive distracted. Be mindful of your surroundings.

Take a bike class. Improve your skills and safety awareness with a local bike class. It’s a great way for both enthusiasts and commuters to learn about everything from riding in traffic to bike maintenance.

Find more tips and information on bike safety at bike.lacity.org/engage/bicycle-safety-etiquette.

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