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Reminders for all during Bike Safety Month

May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and we just wanted to take a moment to remind drivers to follow the speed limit and look out for people on bike rides.

“The days are longer, and the weather is getting warmer and nicer, really making it ideal conditions to go on a bike ride,” Sgt. Chris Goff said. “Drivers, please share the road so we may all get places safely.” 

We just want to share some of the following safety tips for bicyclists and drivers to truly help us work together to keep roads safe here in Mountain View: 

 Drivers

  • Slow down and follow the speed limit. Please be careful traveling through intersections.
  • Look for bicyclists and pedestrians before making a turn or opening a car door near streets or bike paths, or when driving out of a driveway.
  • 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.

 Bike Riders

  • Use lights at night (at minimum, a front white light and rear red reflector).
  • 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. 

We’re here if you need us, Mountain View! Thank you for helping us keep roadways safe. 

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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