Sven Miller, Commander Office of Community Outreach & Media Relations601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Fran Clader Director of Communications(916) 843-3310
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – May is National
Bicycle Safety Month. The California
Highway Patrol (CHP) and California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) want to
remind motorists and bicyclists alike to be courteous and share the road safely. Although bicycle safety is something that
should be observed every day of the year, the month of May is dedicated to encouraging
drivers and bicyclists to do their part to help reduce deaths and injuries on
should always be the priority, whether you are operating a motor vehicle,
walking, or riding a bicycle,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Caution on the roadway will help ensure you
reach your destination safely.”
person riding a bicycle has the same rights and is required to follow the same
rules of the road as motorists.
Bicyclists are required to stop at stop signs, obey traffic signs and
signals, indicate turns, pull off the roadway if five or more vehicles are
lined up behind them, and yield to pedestrians.
Just like motorists, bicyclists are also subject to laws of not being
under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Bicyclists should also eliminate distractions while
riding. California also requires motorists
to allow at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicycle.
to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, preliminary data indicates
that during the past five years, 772 bicyclists were killed and more than 59,000
were injured in collisions. 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 collisions.
“Hopping on a bike is not only a hobby for many Californians, but
also the main way they get around,” OTS Director Rhonda Craft said. “Bicycle Safety Month is a reminder for all
of us to share the road responsibly.”
the month of May, CHP officers throughout the state will be conducting bicycle
safety rodeos and educational presentations to help promote safe behavior to
protect both bicyclists and drivers.
mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and