Safe places to walk and bike are important for supporting active, vibrant communities. A livable community is one that provides safe and convenient transportation choices to all, whether it's by walking, bicycling, transit or driving. Learn more about how we can create Streets for All here. With an increase of electric bikes (e-bikes) across the Beach Cities be sure to follow bicycle safety tips and know the rules of the road.
WEAR YOUR HELMET, PROTECT YOUR MELON
Always Wear a Helmet
State law requires youth under 18 to wear a helmet when riding any kind of bicycle, scooter or skateboard, including those that are electric powered.
Make sure your helmet is properly fitted
It should fit snugly on your head and rest securely on your forehead. To be most effective, it must sit centered on the top of the head, not tilted forward or backward. For more detailed helmet fitting details, click here.
WATCH YOUR SPEED, YOU MAY BE GOING FASTER THAN YOU THINK
Same Road, Same Rules
Both motorists and bicyclists must obey the laws and the rules of the road. Take extra caution with e-bikes and e-scooters by getting used to the stronger acceleration and braking. Give yourself and others around you more reaction time and space.
Stop Means Stop
Bicyclists and drivers must come to a complete stop at any stop sign or stoplight, and yield to those who arrive first.
Ride in the Direction of Traffic
Always ride in the same direction as traffic so you are more visible to drivers entering roads or changing lanes. Use designated bike lanes; if no bike lanes exist, ride far enough from parked cars to avoid being hit by an opening door.
Make Yourself Seen
Always use arm signals to indicate your next move. A bike light, bright colors and reflective materials help increase visibility, especially at night.
EYES ON THE ROAD, HANDS ON THE HANDLEBAR
Adjust Seat and Handlebars
Ensure that your e-bike is adjusted to fit you properly. This means the seat should be corrected so that your feet can reach the pedals comfortably, and your knees should be slightly bent when the pedals are at the lowest point of their rotation.
It is very important to keep your focus on the road and surroundings, avoid using your phone, listening to music, wearing headphones and anything else that can distract your riding focus.
A pre-ride safety checklist can help you avoid accidents, injuries and mechanical breakdowns, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride. For more e-bike information and safety tips, click here.