Sven Miller, CommanderOffice of Community Outreach & Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Fran CladerDirector of Communications(916) 843-3310
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Throughout
May, National Bicycle Safety Month, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the
Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are joining forces to remind everyone to share
the road safely and courteously.
Since the “stay-at-home” directive
brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in California have taken to
their bicycles for exercise and a change of scenery.
“In this uncertain time, more
people are out on the streets biking for exercise, recreation, mental health,
and affordable transportation,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists must
stay alert to keep everyone safe.”
The events traditionally held
throughout California by the CHP for Bicycle Safety Month may be somewhat
curtailed in 2020. However, many CHP
Area offices will continue to give helmets to children who do not have
them. Their parents or guardians are
urged to call their closest CHP office for information on how to obtain
one. According to the National Safety
Council, cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury by an
estimated 60 percent. California law
requires cyclists under 18 to wear a helmet, but it is a good idea for all who
“If you are out riding a
bicycle during the current pandemic, the same safety rules and habits still
apply,” said OTS Directory Barbara Rooney.
“To maximize safety, we encourage you to both be aware of your
surroundings and practice physical distancing for the sake of you, your family,
Statistics from the CHP’s
Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System show that, during the past five
years, 792 bicyclists were killed and more than 56,000 were injured in traffic
crashes. The data also shows that riding
on the wrong side of the roadway and right-of-way violations are the major
causes of bicycle-involved crashes.
Motor vehicle drivers are
reminded to give bicyclists extra room when passing – at least three feet is
required by law. When turning right,
drivers should look over their right shoulder to scan for bicyclists,
especially when crossing into a designated bike lane. Before opening a car door, drivers should
always look for passing bicyclists, especially when next to a bike lane.
The mission of the CHP is to
provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security. The OTS administers traffic safety programs
with the goal of reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses.
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