1. Guide to bicycle commuting
"The simple answer is that it’s fun, it’s good for you, and it’ll save you a lot of money! Even better, it’s good for the environment, the economy, the community you live and work in, and for your employer".
Give respect to pedestrians, drivers, and other people bicycling. It's the right thing to do. Bad bicycling manners make bike riders targets of public anger and citations from the police. Respectful riding will help bicycling win respect: have fun!
Read more on Commuter Student Manual
2. Bike Equipment: Brakes, Handlebars, Lights & Reflectors
3. Biking on the Road
"Every person riding a bicycle upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle." Bicycle riders must obey the same rules as vehicle drivers. This includes stopping at red lights and stop signs.
When riding slower than the normal speed of traffic, you are required to ride as far right as “practicable” (meaning safe). You are not required to ride as far right as possible, which may not be safe.
Bicycles Allowed Use of Full Lane: CVC 21202
If a travel lane is too narrow to safely share side by side with a motor vehicle, you can prevent unsafe passing by taking the lane (riding near the center of the lane). On two-lane roads where it’s illegal or unsafe to pass, you must turn off the roadway at a designated or safe location to allow a line of 5 or more vehicles behind you to pass.
Avoid the Door Zone CVC 22517
No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonable safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic.
Avoid Riding on Sidewalks
Each city in California has its own rules about riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. Some cities allow sidewalk riding, some don't.
Sidewalk riding is a violation of the municipal code in Santa Barbara 10.52.130
You can file a Police Report: call 911
You have the right to file a police report if you've been involved in a collision resulting in injury or property damage. Take notes & photos. Get the police report number from police officers on the scene.
You also have the right to file a police report for cases of motorist assault.
Follow the Law
Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights & duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don't swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don't ride on sidewalks.
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed (ABC Quick check). Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet. Eat before you are hungry, drink before you are thirsty and have fun!
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6. A Kid's Eye View: Bicycle Safety for Parents from a Child's Perspective
7. Rights & Duties of Cyclists