Biking for newbies

In honor of Bike to Work week, we here at LADOT Bike Blog would like to give some of those newer riders out there a crash course in the do’s and don’ts of the road.  Think of this as a FAQ for someone who hasn’t taken their bike on the road in years.  We’ll continue to post up info throughout the week.  If you’ve got something you’d like us to cover, just drop it in comments and we’ll try to get to it in a day or two.  So far, LADOT Bike Blog has done a lot to cover bike safety when you’re parking your bike, but we haven’t spoken much about bike safety when you’re on the road.  It may be old hat for some of our more experienced readers, but let’s get back to basics.

What ARE the rules on the road, anyhow?

It’s hard to be safe when you don’t exactly know what the laws in LA say you can and cannot do.  A bicyclist equipped with knowledge of his or her full legal rights on the road is much more likely to have a safe ride.

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Bike Safety: Safe Moves

(Ed. Note: A question came up recently in the LA Bike blogosphere about what LADOT was doing to educate cyclists.  How fortuitous that I was already working on a post that discusses the very same issue!  Enjoy.)

Overview of Mock Town

Welcome to Safe Moves

LADOT’s primary vehicle (ha!) for Bicycle Education is a program called Safe Moves.  The program works closely with LAUSD schools all over the city to educate young children about proper bicycle safety, bicycle maintenance, the rules of the road, and the defensive riding skills that can save their lives.

Safety is priority number one for a bicyclist, whether you are out for a leisurely weekend ride or you are commuting to work.  According to the NHTSA, in 2007 – their most recent year for bicycle statistics – there were 698 bicyclist deaths and more than 44,000 bicyclist injuries in traffic accidents(which is probably an underestimate due to unreported injuries).  More concerning for the LA bicyclist, 72% of bicycling accidents take place in urban areas.  You can check out the full PDF for yourself right here.

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