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Shasta County Celebrates Bike to School Day

Schools all across Shasta County participated in Bike to School Day Wednesday.

Posted: May 9, 2018 10:57 AM
Updated: May 9, 2018 1:11 PM

Shasta County, Calif.—Schools all across Shasta County participated in Bike to School Day Wednesday.

Schools all over the nation celebrate Bike to School Day on May 9th.

Bike to School events work to create safer routes for bicycling and emphasize the importance of kids getting physical activity.

The day is also a way to develop bicycling safety skills and decreasing traffic congestion and air pollution around the school.

The event can also help build connections between families, schools, and the broader community.

Most of the schools participating formed a bike train.

They were supervised groups riding to school.

Bike to School Day is organized by the Shasta County Safe Routes to School program, which works with schools in Shasta County to encourage and promote walking and biking to school.

The Redding Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) would like to remind motorists to take extra precautions when you travel on the roads with bicycles.

The following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy witnessed far too often in the City of Redding.

Drivers:

• “Share the road” with bicyclists
• Be courteous; California law now mandates at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike riders
• Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space
• Yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals
• Be especially watchful for riders when making turns, either left or right
• It is unlawful to drive in a bike lane except for 200 feet prior to make a right or left turn


Bicyclists:

• Wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. If under 18 years of age, it’s the law
• A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash
• Riders are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
• When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.
• Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk
• To be noticed when riding at night, the law requires a front light and a red reflector to the rear
•For additional safety, use a flashing rear light, and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing


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