The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release about their “Safety is a Two-Way Street” campaign for improving cyclist safety. Since May is Bicycle Safety Month, they’re hoping to raise awareness about the unique safety concerns facing cyclists on streets across California. This month, they’re encouraging cyclists and motorists to share the roads safely, responsibly and respectfully. Both cyclists and motorists have to do their parts to improve safety for each other and for all other roadway users. During Bicycle Safety Month, the CHP will be holding a variety of educational events to help raise awareness and improve safety for cyclists across the state.

California Bicycle Safety Stats

  • Over the past four years, bicycle collisions have declined in the State of California.
  • In 2013, there were 13,378 bicycle collisions in California.
  • In 2016, there were 11,617 bicycle collisions in the state.
  • In 2015, 153 cyclists were killed in crashes in California.
  • In 2016, 143 cyclists were killed in crashes in California.

Helmet Safety

Although only cyclists under the age of 18 are required to wear bicycle helmets, the CHP is actively encouraging riders of all ages to wear helmets whenever they go cycling. According to the National Safety Council, wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of sustaining a head injury by an estimated 60 percent. The CHP will be making helmets available to children, free of charge, at their various bicycle rodeos being held this month. You can’t help how other people are driving, but you can protect your noggin by wearing a helmet for every ride.

Three Feet For Safety

The CHP is also reminding motorists about the importance of the Three Feet Rule. Since 2014, motorists in California are required to give cyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing them on the road. If it’s not possible to give three feet, the driver must slow down and wait for an appropriate and safe opportunity to pass. Cyclists are also reminded that they also have a duty in certain passing situations. If five or more vehicles are lined up behind a cyclist waiting to pass, the cyclist is required to pull over, so those vehicles can safely pass.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Bicycle Safety Month.

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