Share the road. As more Californians choose walking and bicycling as primary modes of transportation, creating a safer highway environment for all roadway users is increasingly important. We all share the responsibility to make sure California roads are safe for everyone. This is achieved by following the rules of the road, watching out for others, and using courtesy while on the road. The California Highway Patrol uses a comprehensive statewide approach to promote and enforce safe pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist behavior, ensuring we all share the road safely.
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Learn how to properly fit a bicycle helmet.
Here’s an entertaining video for all road users.
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles webpage on pedestrian safety External link
Visit this interactive site to learn how to prevent injuries External link
This site has great information on biking and walking safely External link
Kids learn about pedestrian safety in these fun animation videos External link
Bicycle Safety External link
The CHP implements a traffic safety grant funded by the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist collisions and victims. The project includes both enhanced enforcement and a public education and awareness campaign focusing on traffic safety, which includes motorist behavior when driving in the presence of pedestrians and bicyclists. The program provides comprehensive traffic educational events, “rodeos,” community informational sessions and collaboration, distributes bicycle helmets and other safety equipment, educational materials, and training for CHP personnel.
The CHP has created a Bicycle Safety Course which holds valuable information related to bicycle safety and maintenance. The course is available for anyone to complete, but if you happened to be caught not wearing your helmet and received a citation, you must complete the course within 120 days of receiving the citation. Once you have completed the course, bring your citation, a properly fitted helmet and a copy of the course completion certificate to your local CHP office to have the citation cleared.
Link to courseProject Ride Smart videos courtesy of North Natomas Jibe. Visit jibe.org to see all Project Smart Ride video modules.
Bike Tips - English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)Child Cyclist - English (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)Pedestrian - English (PDF)/ Spanish (PDF)
To learn more about hosting a bicycle and pedestrian safety event in your area, contact your local CHP Area office.