Bike Safety

Safe & Secure: Bike safety part of school curriculum in Atascadero



Riding bikes to and from school or just around the neighborhood can give kids a feeling of freedom, but it comes with risk and responsibility.

Atascadero Unified School District’s superintendent recognized this and started to implement bike safety into the school curriculum.

Students are now learning how to ride bikes in the real world in the safety of their school playground.

“There’s a little up ramp that we go around and then come down to the course and switch off boys and girls,” fourth-grader Halle explained as she pointed to the course.

San Gabriel Elementary is one of three schools in Atascadero USD now teaching kids the dos and the don’ts of the roads and giving them more confidence to ride in stride.

“{Teaching them} how to properly go through a roundabout. We got some children learning how to ride a bike for the first time,” said physical education teacher Tanya Degnan. “Overall just a safer environment for the kids so they know how to get to school and even on the weekends and when they’re just hanging out at their house.” reports more than 300,000 kids end up in emergency rooms nationwide with bike injuries every year. School officials hope to prevent some of those hospital trips by teaching them safety at school, and when kids are at home, Degnan has these three important tips for parents:

  • Always wear helmets
  • Always ensure the bike is in good working condition before each ride
  • Always practice road safety yourself

“When their parents are riding, they ride on the right side of the road so children understand which side of the road they’re supposed to be riding,” said Degnan.

And for those kids just getting the hang of it, Halle has these parting words: “Keep the bike straight and just believe in yourself.”

The district superintendent said K-Man Cyclery partnered with the district and donated bikes for the classes.

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Bike Safety from CALBIKE


Every day millions of people safely ride bicycles for transportation. So can you!

Learning these five essential bicycling skills that can improve your safety on the road and significantly reduce your risk of injury.

These five skills build on each other, starting with the most basic skill that offers the most protection. Each skill is the foundation for the next. Think of each as offering a “layer” of protection – with each skill you master, you add another protective layer. You’ll be safest when you understand and master all five skills and put them into practice each time you ride.

Now that you’ve read about the five skills, check out the skills in action. And remember to have fun and stay safe!

Learning bike safety essentials on this site is no substitute for what you learn on your bicycle in a bicycle safety class. Local advocacy groups, public health departments and cycling clubs throughout California offer classes. These are taught by instructors who are certified by the League of American Bicyclists.

Bike safety gizmo looks like it’s straight outta Star Wars


Safety-conscious cyclists could get themselves a separate tail light, brake light, turn indicator systemrear-view camera and crash detector … or they could soon get all of those things in one device, in the form of the Hexagon. Not only does it pack several features into one gadget, but it also looks a lot like Darth Vader’s TIE fighter.

The Hexagon is attached to the bike’s seatpost via an included quick-release mount. Its back-facing 1080p/30fps HD camera uses Wi-Fi to transmit real-time video to a display on the user’s handlebar-mounted smartphone. The rider can view that display as they would a rearview mirror, plus they can record the video on the Hexagon’s SD card, or they can livestream it via an accompanying app.

That app can additionally be used to track speed, calories burned, and distance travelled.

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Bike Safety Tips: Where to Be on the Road


Placing yourself properly along the road is one of the best ways to stay safe in traffic

You’ve seen the road signs: a car and a cyclist peacefully sharing the pavement. Those signs generally serve as reminders to motorists, but cyclists need to take heed too. When you ride on the roads, you need to follow the rules of the road, same as you would if you were behind the wheel. First and foremost, that means riding in the same direction as traffic, so on the right-hand side in the United States. (For a more comprehensive look at how to safely take to the road, check out Selene’s book.)

Some riders mistakenly believe they’ll be safer if they can see oncoming cars by riding against traffic. Nothing could be further from the truth. Riding against traffic is dangerous and a leading cause of bike-related accidents. Why? Physics. Let’s say you’re riding along at 15mph and oncoming traffic is flowing at 45mph. The combined speed that you and any given car are approaching each other is 60mph. That leaves very little reaction time for either of you should something go awry (like you swerve to miss a pothole).

Now turn yourself around and ride the right way with the flow of traffic. Cars are now approaching you at just 30mph. Drivers have more time to see you and maneuver around you. You’re also a more predictable part of traffic flow. Statistically speaking, getting struck from behind when you’re riding with the flow of traffic makes up a small percentage of bike accidents. When you ride predictably, cars can accommodate you.

So you know to ride on the right. But how far to the right? That depends. If there’s a bike lane, that’s your best bet (though realize that sometimes you’ll need to leave the lane to avoid obstacles like parked cars). If there’s no designated bike lane, ride on the shoulder to allow cars to pass freely with a good bit of buffer room. If there is not much shoulder, you should ride a bit more into the lane rather than trying to squeeze onto two inches of pavement.

Think of it this way: If you cram yourself onto the edge of the road, 1) cars will squeak by you too close for comfort, and 2) you leave yourself no bailout room should you need to move to miss an obstacle. By riding a bit more in the lane, you have a little bail-out room on the right and you’re making cars perform a clean pass around you, which results in there being more space between you.

This isn’t too difficult on country or low-traffic roads. Riding in the city or on more turbulent streets takes a bit more finesse. These tips will help you flow with heavier traffic.