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Information and Tips about San Diego Bike Safety for Cyclists
Information and Tips about San Diego Bike Safety for Cyclists

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Understanding California’s Bicycle Laws: What You Need to Know: With school back in session, we thought it might be a good time to remind San Diego of the laws regarding bicycling. Biking is becoming more and more popular as a means of commuting to work and to school, but unless you are already an avid biker, you may be unaware that some common behaviors are against bicycle laws and open you up to greater possibilities of injury. Common (Illegal) Bicycle Behaviors Rolling through stop signs is illegal. There have been recent efforts from lawmakers to legalize what’s known as the “Idaho stop,” where cyclists are allowed to treat stop signs as if they were yield signs, but to date the efforts have not gone through. Some studies suggest that legalizing the Idaho stop would actually reduce the rate of bicycle accidents. Where are you allowed to ride? California law requires bicyclists to use bike lanes when possible, except when... Read More » The post Understanding California’s Bicycle Laws: What You Need to Know appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2grE174 #CyclingAccidents #BackToSchool
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California Cyclist Dies Trying to Stop Hit-and-Run: A cyclist in Long Beach has died after trying to stop a driver from fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident. The cyclist was riding with a friend around 1 p.m. when his friend was struck by a 2000 Ford Expedition, which sped off after the accident. The other cyclist gave chase and jumped onto the Expedition’s hood to try and stop the driver. As the driver weaved and swerved trying to throw the cyclist off, the cyclist tried to reach into the vehicle to turn off the ignition. He stayed on the vehicle for a half mile before being thrown off. He hit his head on a curb and died as a result. According to authorities, the driver then looped around and paused to look at his victim. He then abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot. The first victim managed to walk away with only minor... Read More » The post California Cyclist Dies Trying to Stop Hit-and-Run appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2fYJzG1 #CyclingAccidents #HitAndRun
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Bike-Counting Camera Troubles Making Trouble for City Planners: One of the ways that San Diego has been gathering data on bicycling in the city is through the use of cameras. The cameras are mounted at intersections, next to the stoplights, and are being used to help the city plan for future transportation projects. However, the cameras, purchased in 2014, are not always working as intended. They are supposed to use patented technology to count bicyclists and extend green lights to help bicyclists get through intersections safely. But the footage is telling a different story than the sensors. By looking back at the recorded footage and counting, by hand, how many bicyclists are coming through, city engineers have seen that the hand counts are different from the automated tallies. How different? The engineers would not say. They instead explained that the technology to distinguish between bikes and cars is still evolving and that the company who makes the cameras,... Read More » The post Bike-Counting Camera Troubles Making Trouble for City Planners appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2i0v8BS #GeneralNews #BicycleSafety
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More Support Comes Out for “Idaho Stop” Law: In Idaho for the past 35 years, cyclists have been allowed to treat stop signs like yield signs. After determining an intersection is safe, bicyclists are allowed to just roll through, preventing a loss of momentum or balance. Until recently, Idaho was the only state where this was allowed. Delaware recently passed a bill that would legalize the “Idaho stop” there, and the campaign is ramping up to make it legal in California as well. New Idaho Stop Bill A bipartisan bike bill (AB 1103) would do just that. And advocates hope that, since California is the nation’s most populous state and highly influential, that a change here could help other states adopt the practice. Several states have tried and failed to enact an Idaho stop law, despite a study by DePaul University showing that 96 percent of cyclists have, at some point, treated a stop sign like a yield.... Read More » The post More Support Comes Out for “Idaho Stop” Law appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2vfGFjB #GeneralNews #CyclingLaws
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Would an E-Bike Be Right for Me?: For some people, an electric bicycle might be just what they need to get up and get active. For example, people with limited mobility could use E-bikes as a method of light exercise or just to get out and feel the wind in their hair. Depending on your lifestyle, an E-bike could be a useful tool to complement or even replace your traditional methods of transportation. Pros of E-bikes: While they may cost more than the standard bicycle, they are way cheaper (and better for the environment) than a gas-powered car. Hate traffic? Take a bike lane instead. E-bikes are an efficient way around congestion. They are as easy to park as a normal bike and fit comfortably in bike racks. No more driving for 30 minutes trying to find parking! They complement other forms of transit, like buses, that carry bicycles They encourage exercise and get you outdoors You... Read More » The post Would an E-Bike Be Right for Me? appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2uZZG9P #CyclingTips #EBike
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Is San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan in Trouble?: The San Diego Bicycle Master Plan is one way the city hopes to get more people to consider biking as their main mode of transportation while also expanding access to the city’s extensive biking network. But the plan will cost $312 million by city estimates, and some are speaking out against spending that money to make biking more accessible. Why? According to census data, the most popular mode of commuting to work is driving alone, at 75 percent. Biking is the least popular, at 0.9 percent. Three times more people walk to their jobs than bike. Does this merit taking another look at spending and instead putting that money somewhere else? Or are there ways to ensure we get more bang for our buck with the Bicycle Master Plan? Suggestions to Fix the Plan One suggestion would be to identify factors that predispose commuters to bike, such as physical stamina... Read More » The post Is San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan in Trouble? appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2h3xM9z #CyclingAccidents #TowardAnActiveCalifornia
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How Do I Get Stoplights to See Me While Cycling?: It’s not legal in California to roll through stoplights yet – though the “Idaho Stop,” as they call it, may become legal soon – so while cycling, you’re still required to obey traffic signals. But sometimes you are cycling and you get stuck at a red light that just won’t seem to turn. Crossing the intersection during a red light would be dangerous, and there are cars building up behind you. How do you get the light to change? Traffic signals are triggered not by weight, but by an electrical current induced by the metal of your bike. So, if you have metal wheels or a metal frame, the signal should be able to detect you. However, you have to be in the right place. Sometimes, you can look at the pavement and see the cuts the city made to lay down the wires. If the cuts are circular, your... Read More » The post How Do I Get Stoplights to See Me While Cycling? appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2tgdpax #BikeSafety #CyclingTips
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Bicycle Accident Risk in California: Elders and Children: Who is more at risk for bike accidents in California – children and teens, or the elderly? According to injury data collected from hospitals by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, children and teens are getting into less bicycle accidents than they used to. However, for cyclists 55 years and older, injury rates are increasing. Additionally, compared with younger riders, seniors are more likely to suffer serious injuries that require hospitalization. Due to loss of bone mass and density resulting from aging, seniors are more likely to suffer fractures from the same trauma that a younger person would not necessarily suffer fractures from. Seniors are also more likely to be on medications that can increase harm after an accident, such as blood thinners. Statistics Related to Cycling Accidents in the Past Decade For senior cyclists whose injuries required hospitalization, the older they were, the more likely they... Read More » The post Bicycle Accident Risk in California: Elders and Children appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2sRchKp #BikeSafety #CyclingSanDiego
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Do I Need Bicycle Lights during the Day?: Bicyclists can be very difficult to see at night, hence the necessity for lamps, reflectors and bright clothing at night. But recently, a group of independent bicycle dealers, industry representatives and bike advocates attended the Rider Safety Visibility Summit at California Bicycle, Inc. in San Diego to push a slightly different message: cyclists should not only use lights for visibility at night, but also during the day. It only takes a second when a cyclist enters a road environment for an accident to happen, and without lights and other visibility aids, cyclists can be hard to see for drivers. At the summit, advocates demonstrated a slew of new products that could help cyclists be noticed; for example, a Bluetooth-activated helmet containing lights and blinkers that could broadcast to other drivers the cyclist’s intention to turn. Others demonstrated super-reflective clothing and one consultant even showed off a rub-on product that would... Read More » The post Do I Need Bicycle Lights during the Day? appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2sjIvxu #BikeSafety #CyclingTips
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Calls for Infrastructure Improvements After Pothole Hurts Cyclist: A Lemon Grove woman recently sustained serious injuries after hitting a pothole on her bicycle. She says she was riding her bike near Dartmoor Drive in late May as cars began to pass her. She looked backward to make sure she had a clear path, but did not anticipate the pothole in her path and flipped her bike. She chipped teeth and broke her ribs in the fall. The pot hole was one of many on the road, so she is unsure which one was the one that caused her injuries. It has been nearly a month since she was hurt and she says that the medical bills are piling up, not to mention the lost income from being out of work. The road where the accident happened sits right between the cities of San Diego and Lemon Grove, so she is not currently aware of which city might be... Read More » The post Calls for Infrastructure Improvements After Pothole Hurts Cyclist appeared first on Dudek Law Firm APC. http://bit.ly/2s37nK3 #CyclingAccidents #CyclingSanDiego
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