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Bicycle Safety

There is no better way to get fresh air, exercise, save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint than by biking. With clearer skies and warmer weather, more bicyclists are sure to be out on the road.

Safety must be a priority. Biking, like driving a car or riding a motorcycle, comes with responsibility. Unexpected dangers may arise, so it is crucial that bicyclists pay close attention to traffic signs, signals and follow all rules to reduce the risk of being involved in a collision.

May is Bike Month, but bicycle safety is not limited to just one month. Here are some safety tips for when you’re riding your bicycle:

  • Wear a properly-fitted helmet. By law, bicycle riders under 18 years old must wear a helmet when biking on a public road.
  • Ensure your bicycle is the right size and fit for you. Properly adjusted and fitted bikes can be more comfortable and easier to control.
  • Inspect your bicycle regularly. Make sure your brakes are functioning and tires are properly inflated before every ride.
  • Use hand signals before making turns or changing lanes. Reduce the risk of collision by informing traffic around you about your intentions.BikeHandSignal.PNG
  • Wear bright-colored, reflective clothing. When riding at night, reflective clothing can help others on the road spot you.
  • Ride in a safe lane position. Ride in the same direction as traffic and be predictable. Ride in a straight line.
  • Stay alert at all times. Always ride sober and avoid using electronic devices. If using earbuds, only keep one in your ear—it is illegal to wear headphones or both earbuds while biking. Watch for road hazards such as glass, potholes, gravel and other unsafe road conditions that can make you lose control of your bicycle.

Lastly, always share the road! Safety is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of how we get around.

Celebrate National Bike and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month with DMV!

DMV continues its commitment to those using California highways by reminding bicyclists, motorcyclists and motorists to share the road safely. In celebrating May as National Bike and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, DMV has created useful resource pages for both motorcyclists and bicyclists.

On the California Motorcycle Resources webpage you will find information on licensing requirements, safety tips, and an online version of the latest California Motorcycle Handbook. There are even practice tests to help you prepare for the DMV motorcycle written exam! So, whether you’re interested in obtaining your motorcycle license or an avid rider who needs to brush up on your knowledge and skills, this site was created for you! 

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In addition, DMV recently introduced a new Bicycle Resources webpage to inspire generations of safe bicyclists. DMV recognizes bicyclists’ attraction to the Golden State because of its desirable weather, beautiful scenery and great roads. The new bicycle webpage includes useful links that range from bicycle maintenance, developing safe riding skills, to avoiding common causes of bicycle accidents. References to California codes, laws and regulations to ensure safe bicycling on California highways can also be found.

Are you excited yet? Well, put on your helmet and enjoy the ride!