Archive for the Category Bicycle Safety


Bike Safety Stressed to El Centro, California Students

Around 80 children in the El Centro, California area were recently treated to a demonstration of bicycle safety put on by a member of the local police department at the library.  The officer enlisted the kids themselves to help him provide instructions about such things as laws, the proper equipment to wear, and the advisability of riding on the sidewalk.  He stressed the importance of basically riding a bike as if vehicle operators couldn’t see the rider, which is often the case.  One particularly enthusiastic student, whom the officer pegged as a star student for his knowledge of the topic prior to the event, explained the importance of affixing a light to the bike when riding at night.

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Official Seattle Bike Lane Buffer Prompted By Homemade Effort

Prompted by the unsanctioned creation of a bike lane buffer that was subsequently taken down, the city of Seattle has put the finishing touches on a buffer of its own making.  An anonymous group known as Reasonably Polite Seattleites had originally erected the buffer along Cherry Street beneath Interstate 5.  The group said that such a move was necessary in order to ride safely on that stretch of the road.  Although the buffer was removed by officials, the endeavor got the city thinking about the possibilities of installing a similar measure that met all necessary legal requirements.  That’s exactly what was completed this past Sunday.  However, a spokesperson for the Mayor explained that citizens as a rule shouldn’t take traffic management into their own hands.

For more about the safety improvement, follow this link.

Getting Kids Ready To Make The Switch To Two Wheels

An officer with the Stoneham, Massachusetts Police Department has put together a series of safety tips for parents to instill in their children when they make the move from training wheels to regular bicycles.  The first and perhaps most important step will be to affix a helmet that fits the head so as to provide the necessary protection.  A proper fit for the bike is also essential.  Kids should be able to get onto the bike without having trouble and their feet should reach the pedals.  Parents are encouraged to ride on their own bikes alongside their kids so that they can stress those areas that require additional precaution, such as driveways and frequently travelled streets.  When kids are riding in a group, make sure they know that they’re not to ride two to a bike.

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Minnesota Trooper Offers Bike and Pedestrian Safety Tips

A member of the Minnesota State Patrol has offered a series of pedestrian and bicycle safety tips to citizens of that state, but they would be applicable anywhere in the country.  Pedestrians are asked to always acknowledge what crosswalks signals and the like are telling them, and for their part, motorists need to understand that every corner could be a potential area for a pedestrian to cross.  Cyclists are advised to stick to the street rather than the sidewalk so as not to crash into pedestrians, and they should also move with traffic rather than against it.  Turning intentions should be made known to the drivers of other vehicles, and reflectors and lights should be used at night.

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American Cyclists Often Put At Risk, But They Don’t Have To Be

Compared to countries like the Netherlands and Germany, the risk of death among cyclists whenever they take to the roads is far higher here in America.  A new report looks at this troubling trend in greater depth and offers some advice on how tragedy can be avoided.  Cyclists can start by refraining from texting and riding, an activity that has become shockingly commonplace in our always-connected society.  The report goes on to explain that the greater the number of people on bikes, the more likely that motorists will begin to acknowledge those riders and respect their rights, leading to sweeping changes in safety measures and statistics.  Until then, cyclists are encouraged to follow applicable traffic laws and be on the lookout for obstacles.

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More Cyclists Brings Greater Attention to Safety in Santa Monica

Santa Monica has made a concerted effort as of late to improve bicycle safety in the area through a combination of infrastructure improvements and training.  The former comes as a result of a Bike Action Plan put together in 2010.  Since then, the city has seen an increase in bike lanes along with the number of people who ride to work.  The Strategic and Transportation Manager for Santa Monica believes that 30% more people are now riding to work than did back in 2010.  Training programs seek to make sure those riders are well-informed.  At such venues, riders are told that they have the right to occupy the lane without being crowded by vehicles; by the same token, they are banned from riding on sidewalks.

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Eureka Seeks to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

Concerned about a rash of pedestrian accidents, officials with the city of Eureka are attempting to lock down funding for a safety campaign.  Officials point to California Office of Traffic Safety statistics which suggest that, given its size, Eureka has the highest bicycle and pedestrian injurious and fatal crash rates in the entire state.  If grant money can be obtained, the city will hire a consultant whose duty it will be to put together a campaign that seeks to spread awareness and cut down on accidents throughout the city.  Such an initiative has drawn the support of the local police department and a councilwoman on the Transportation Safety Commission.

For more about the campaign, click here.

Pedestrians, Cyclists, and Motorists Must Cooperate for Safety

An Ask a Trooper feature found in a Minnesota newspaper nevertheless holds some valuable insights for persons in California.  The officer provides some important tips focused on ensuring pedestrian and bicycle safety.  First, drivers should realize that not all pedestrians are going to use only marked crosswalks.  Every single corner should prompt extra precautions, especially if a pedestrian looks ready to cross.  They should be given the right of way in those circumstances.  For their part, persons on foot ought to obey all posted signage and traffic signals and only cross when appropriate to do so.  Cyclists must basically act as if they were motor vehicles, riding with traffic, making turning intentions known, and following the directives of signage.  Visibility should also be encouraged among pedestrians and cyclists alike.

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Pasadena Cyclists Take Part in Ride of Silence

This past Wednesday, cyclists across the country took part in the annual Ride of Silence, which seeks to raise awareness about the importance of recognizing cyclists’ right to the road.  100 persons on bikes descended on the Pasadena area to take part in the event.  Participants were clad in black and red armbands, the former to signify the loss of a loved one hit by a vehicle and the latter standing for that participant being in an accident themselves.  Half of those who showed up for the event had reportedly been struck in some way.  The coordinator of the Ride of Silence explained that 25 cyclists have already been killed in Southern California this year.  The Pasadena version of the event began in 2005.

For more about the ride, click here.

Bike Safety On The Agenda For Newport Beach City Council

There hasn’t been much movement on Newport Beach bicycle safety proposals for awhile, but that will change with the City Council’s decision to vote in members of a new task force tonight.  The Bicycle Master Plan Committee will be asked to come up with ways to improve the city’s bicycle infrastructure so as to encourage more persons to commute via bike and to protect those same persons from harm.  Various bicycle enthusiasts and safety advocates applied to be a part of the committee, but for the committee to be adopted, the Council must agree to look past a policy that requires two applicants to apply for each committee slot (there weren’t enough applicants to meet that standard).  If approved, the committee could start meeting as soon as June.

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Seattle Bike Commuters Offer Safety Advice

A number of businesspersons in the Seattle, Washington area who commute to work via their bicycles are providing some safety tips to other cyclists.  The business cyclists are largely upset with the city’s lack of infrastructure dedicated to bicycle safety, and each reports being involved in some kind of accident at one point or another.  Many talk up the importance of visibility-enhancement equipment such as reflectors, strobe lights, and brightly colored clothing.  Cyclists should ride their bikes along the right side of the road while being cognizant of certain obstacles, such as a car door being suddenly flung open.  The report cites research which suggests that cities with more cyclists might also decrease the danger, and thus employers are asked to get involved and offer incentives to workers who bike to and from work.

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Report Examines Trend of Cyclists Endangering Child Pedestrians

A report out of Salt Lake City examines the prevalence of cyclists whose actions along the roads put themselves and others in danger.  One particular threat that caused a local news station to examine the issue was occurrences wherein cyclists would fly past buses in the process of picking up kids.  Bus drivers attested to the fact that they have to keep kids on the bus longer if they see a bike approaching because of the danger.  A team decided to monitor the situation and watched as seven cyclists rode right past a stopped bus with lights flashing.  This issue has also come to the fore in San Francisco, where two pedestrians were reportedly killed by cyclists who didn’t acknowledge the directives of red lights.

Even during National Bicycle Safety Month, cyclists must take pains to obey the rules of the road.  Click here to learn more.

2nd Annual Lompoc Bike Rodeo Stresses Safety to Kids

May is National Bike Safety Month, and as a result, numerous organizations across California and the entire country are enacting measures that aim to spread awareness about the importance of safety.  In the city of Lompoc, the local school district and police department will hold their 2nd Annual Bike Safety Rodeo.  Local kids are invited to drop by take part in skills courses that aim to enlighten them as to the proper riding maneuvers.  And as part of the Safe Routes to School program, any kid who watches a bicycle safety video at their school and then drops by the event will be entitled to a free helmet.

For more information, follow this link.

Cyclists and Vehicle Drivers Must Do Their Part to Promote Bike Safety

A report out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin highlights some important bicycle safety advice from the local police department that could be followed by cyclists and drivers anywhere in the country.  For one thing, cyclists are told keep the number “three” in mind at all times.  Bicycles should be positioned three feet away from a curb or parked car to avoid danger, including dooring.  And automobile operators can do their part by moving over at least three feet when attempting to pass a bicycle.  Cyclists should look over their bicycle to ensure its safety prior to riding, and bright clothes should be worn to increase visibility.  Helmets can limit danger in the event of a crash, and all cyclists should recognize that laws pertaining to automobiles are applicable to them as well.  That means running stop signs or traffic lights is a poor decision.

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2,500 BMX Helmets Recalled By Bell Sports Over Detachment Risk

Bell Full Throttle BMX helmets that include a chin bar and offer full coverage are being recalled by the Scotts Valley, California-based Bell Sports because the safety strap could be defective.  The strap has a buckle that’s in danger of coming undone should an accident take place, and if that condition leads the helmet to be dislodged from the rider’s head, he or she could sustain a potentially serious injury.  No such incidents have been reported at this time.  Owners of the estimated 2,500 helmets, which were only sold at Toys R Us from last July to January, are being asked not to rely on these helmets for protection.  Instead, consumers should reach out to Bell Sports to receive a refund.

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Crash Risk Prompts Magura to Recall 2,800 MT 8 and MT 6 Brakes

The Olney, Illinois-based Magura USA has announced the recall of MT 8 and MT 6 hydraulic disc brake systems.  Each affected version of the items will have a date code between March 1, 2011 and May 31 of last year displayed as a series of five digits i.e. 10301 through 20531 (systems without date codes are also affected).  2,800 bikes in total are affected by the possible safety issue, which is prompted by temperature.  If it gets cold enough, the brakes might be unable to conduct their duty, potentially leading the rider to be involved in a crash.  No such incidents have been reported at this time, but consumers are still being asked to cease riding the bikes.  They should get in touch with Magura, who will conduct repairs at no cost.  The brakes were available across the country up until this month.

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Foot Injury Threat Leads Yuba to Recall 1,000 Mundo V4 Cargo Bikes

A potential injury hazard has led the Sausalito, California-based Yuba Bicycles to announce the recall of 1,000 Mundo V4 Cargo Bikes.  These 26 inch bikes contain a rear cargo rack with a wood utility deck, and if a passenger is positioned on this portion of the bicycle, the hazard presents itself.  That person’s foot could potentially get snagged by the back wheel, possibly leading them to sustain an injury.  Two incidents of this issue have been reported, but thankfully, neither led to an injury.  The bikes, which were available across the country between May 2011 and the end of last year, should not be used until such time that free wheel covers can be obtained and installed.

For more about the recall, click here.

Volvo Introduces Onboard Cyclist Detection System

Volvo was on hand at the Geneva Motor Show last week to announce an onboard technology that aims to limit the danger posed to cyclists by vehicles.  The technology utilizes a forward-facing camera and a radar in the grille of the automobile to detect cyclists that are coming up in the road.  Once a person on a bicycle has been detected, the automobile operator will receive a signal from the system, and if action isn’t taken, the brakes will automatically be pressed.  Three years ago, the auto company unfurled a similar system that aims to detect pedestrians in the path of danger, but this more advanced technology has a higher price tag due to its requiring a greater processor.

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Bicycle Safety Still a Priority in Newport Beach

Although a Bicycle Safety Committee in the city of Newport Beach has been disbanded, that doesn’t mean that bike safety is no longer being taken seriously.  A new committee will be formed in the next couple months to look over essentially the same topic.  The biggest duty of the committee will be coming up with a Bicycle Master Plan that aims to recommend future projects and strategies that can improve bicycle safety throughout the area.  Among the measures that the plan may help to implement are bike sharing programs, additional bike parking, and more.  The plan also sets the city up to receive grant money from the state and the federal government.

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7,000 SpareTime Bike Racks Recalled by Yakima Over Dislodging Risk

The potential threat of a falling bicycle has prompted the recall of a series of bike racks.  Yakima announced the recall, which pertains to bike racks meant to be affixed to those vehicles which have a spare tire attached to the rear door.  7,000 two-bike racks under the SpareTime brand are impacted by the potential defect, which has to do with the fact that a breakage can occur in the racks’ mounting bolts.  If this were to occur while in transit, the bikes could be dislodged and careen into the path of other vehicles.  Two persons have filed complaints at this point, and dealers of the bicycles are being asked to provide lists of registered bike buyers to Yakima.  The company will then ship free mounting bolts that shouldn’t suffer from the problem to consumers.

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