Safely Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

Schools are starting to fill with children while the roads are filling with motorists and bicyclists going to and from their destinations. With more children riding to and from school on their bicycles, we must think about what we can do to make the roads a safer place.

As a state-wide effort to reduce the number of biking fatalities on the California roads, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have put forth a new law. Starting on September 16th, all motorists must yield three feet of distance between bicyclists at all times. This rule applies to motorists trying to pass or overtake a bicyclist. If you are unable to yield three feet distance, you must slow down until you are able to do so without presenting any danger.

Safety on the road however is not a one way street. While more distance between vehicles and bicycles will surely make a difference, both motorists and bicyclists must practice safe driving habits. Gathered are some helpful safe driving tips for both bicyclists and motorists:

  • Whether you are cycling to and from school, or simply around the corner to visit a friend, it is important that you are always equipped with a helmet.
  • If your child will be riding their bicycle to school, explain to them that they are safest while riding with traffic as opposed to against it.
  • As a bicyclist on the road, it is important that you maintain eye contact with drivers in their cars, tell your children riding their bicycles this vital tip as well. Eye contact can let you know the difference between an aware driver and a distracted driver.
  • Most importantly, always be aware of your surroundings.

It is important that you not only abide by the rules of the new law, but you must also practice safe driving habits no matter how busy or in a rush you may be. Contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency in Murrieta for all of your California auto insurance needs.

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