Today is Bike to Work/School Day

Today is Bike to Work/School Day. Ecology Action's 13th annual fall event includes breakfast sites countywide. Breakfast will be served from 6:30-9:30 a.m. In Watsonville, a community ride will commence at 4:30 p.m. at the Bike Shack. This event aims to point out the good, the bad and the ugly of cycling through that south county city. If you plan to don your cycling gear and hop on your bike, make sure you follow all the rules of the road. Here's a list taken straight from the California Driver Handbook:
  • Must obey all traffic signals and stop signs.A sign telling drivers to share the road with bicyclists.
  • Are lawfully permitted to ride on certain sections of roadway in rural areas where there is no alternate route.
  • Must ride in the same direction as other traffic, not against it.
  • Shall ride as near to the right curb or edge of the roadway as practical– not on the sidewalk.
  • Are legally allowed to ride in the center of the lane when moving at the same speed as other traffic.
  • May move left to pass a parked or moving vehicle, bicycle, animal, avoid debris, or other hazards.
  • May choose to ride near the left curb or edge of a one-way street.
  • Should ride single file on a busy or narrow street.
  • Must make left and right turns in the same way that drivers do, using the same turn lanes. If the bicyclist is traveling straight ahead, he or she should use a through traffic lane rather than ride next to the curb and block traffic making right turns.
  • Must signal all their intentions to motorists and bicyclists near them.
  • Must wear a helmet if under the age of 18.
  • Should carry identification.
  • Shall not operate a bicycle on a roadway during darkness unless the bicycle is equipped with:
    • A brake which will enable the operator to make one braked wheel stop on dry, level, clean pavement.
    • A front lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of 300 feet.
    • A rear red reflector visible from a distance of 500 feet.
    • A white or yellow reflector on each pedal or on the bicyclist’s shoes or ankles visible from a distance of 200 feet.
And parents don't forget, children under age 18 must wear bicycle helmets. Meanwhile, if you plan to drive today, be aware that there may be thousands more cyclists on the road than normal. Be vigilant in scanning for bike riders and sharing the road with them. Click here for more tips for cyclists and motorists from the DMV.
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