For Immediate Release
Date: May 03, 2022 1:45 PM
May is Bicycle Safety Month: Share the Road and Look Out for One Another
San Rafael, CA — May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and the San Rafael Police Department reminds drivers to follow the speed limit and look out for people on bike rides.
“The days are longer, and the weather is pleasant, making for ideal conditions to go on a bike ride,” Sergeant Scott Ingels said. “Drivers, please share the road so we may all get places safely.”
To help keep people biking or walking safe, SRPD will conduct traffic safety operations through the month of May focused on the most dangerous driver and bicyclist behaviors such as speeding, making illegal turns, failure to yield to bicyclists or pedestrians, and stop sign/red-light running.
SRPD will also be participating in the 11th Annual National Bike to School Day event on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022. Police officers will be heading to nearby San Rafael Schools to support students and their parents in the community who are encouraged to bike to school. The initiative focuses on healthy lifestyles, safety, and fostering community participation. Schools and the surrounding neighborhoods participate in the campaign by raising awareness of traffic rules, increasing physical activity in our daily lives, and including neighborhood awareness to share the road with cyclists.
The San Rafael Police Department suggests the following safety tips for bicyclists and drivers:
- Slow down and follow the speed limit. Be careful traveling through intersections.
- Look carefully for bicyclists and pedestrians before making a turn or opening a car door near streets or bike paths.
- Be patient when traveling behind a bicyclist. Maintain at minimum three feet of space when passing or overtaking a bicyclist.
- Never drive distracted or impaired.
- Use lights at night (at minimum, a front white light, and rear red reflector).
- Although not required for riders 18 and older, always wear a properly secured helmet. Helmets significantly reduce the chance of a head injury in the event of a crash.
- Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.
- Yield to pedestrians, just as a driver would. Pedestrians have the right-of-way within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Posted: May 03, 2022 1:51 PDT by Sergeant Justin Graham