Students Bike to School Safely from the Sundial Bridge

Students from Turtle Bay Elementary, Shasta High School, and other Shasta County schools participated in Bike to School Day. Many students met at the Sundial Bridge for an early morning safety talk, before pedaling off on a "Safe Route to School."

Posted: May. 9, 2018 7:02 PM
Updated: May. 9, 2018 7:20 PM

Shasta County, CA - Dozens of children and adults met at the Sundial Bridge bright and early Wednesday to "Bike to School."

It's part of a national campaign, with lots of events that were planned for students in Shasta County.

Public health officials say they've been promoting the event for over a month, and have been offering safety workshops for local school children.

More than 18 schools participated, with students ranging from high school to elementary school.

Students from three different schools started the day Wednesday with a safety workshop.

They reviewed the route that students would be taking and reminded them to look both ways before crossing the street.

They also checked to make sure all the students' helmets fit correctly.

Shasta County Health & Human Services employees also showed up with some extra helmets, to make sure every student had a safe ride.

The "Safe Route to School" coordinators say the event was a success. They had more involvement than ever before.

They said it was great to see the schools and the parents get so excited about "Bike to School Day."

The Redding Police Department is reminding bicyclists and motorists about the law passed in 2016 that requires motorists to proceed past riders with at least three feet of clearance.

The police shared the following statistics:
    Cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury by an estimated 60%
    Cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of brain injury by an estimated 58%.

Police also want to remind motorists to look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space; to yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals, and to be especially watchful for riders when making turns, either left or right.

Here's one more reminder for drivers.

It is unlawful to drive in a bike lane except for 200 feet prior to making a right or left turn.

Bicyclists are required to have a front light and a red reflector to the rear when they are riding at night.

They also suggest a flashing rear light for additional safety.

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