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Thousand Oaks - March Traffic Safety Awareness - Bicycle Safety
3/1/2018 1:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

March Traffic Safety Awareness ' Bicycle Safety


City of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

Month of March 2018

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department-Traffic Bureau


Bicycle Safety

The Thousand Oaks Police Department strives to promote traffic safety within the community. In

an effort to recognize certain hazards while driving, the Traffic Bureau has started a monthly

traffic awareness reminder program, addressing a traffic topic each month. While we focus on a

specific topic each month, it's always imperative to constantly strive to follow all rules of the

road. The month of March is dedicated to 'Bicycle Safety'.

Each year, hundreds of bicyclists in California are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.

Most of the time, the bicyclist is the one who will receive the most injuries. With that in mind, we

all need to know the importance of sharing the road with one another. Motorists and bicyclists

both need to do their part in keeping each other safe.

Here are some important facts you should know:

1. California vehicle code section 21202(a) states: Any person operating a bicycle upon a

roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at

the same time shall ride as close as practicable to the right ' hand curb or edge of the


2. A bicycle ridden at night must be equipped with a lamp emitting a white light. There must

also be a red reflector on the rear of the bicycle that must be visible from 500 feet when

directly in front of a motor vehicle whose headlights are on.


regardless of age, wear a helmet at all times to reduce injuries.

4. No person shall drive a motor vehicle in a bicycle lane established on a roadway except to

park where parking is permitted, to enter or leave the roadway, or to prepare for a turn

within a distance of 200 feet from the intersection.


when passing, making a legal left turn, riding on a one-way street, riding on a road that

is too narrow, or when the right side of the road is closed due to road construction CVC


Bicyclists must travel on the right side of the roadway in the direction of traffic, except

6. Handlebars must not be higher than the rider's shoulders CVC 21201(b).


direction on a highway at a distance of less than

motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator. CVC 21760(c).

A driver of a motor vehicle shall not overtake or pass a bicycle proceeding in the samethree feet between any part of the

8. Bicyclists obey the rules of the road because they travel along the roadway with other

motorists. It is important to note drivers and bicyclists must share the road. When

making turning movements in a car or on a bike, use caution, be seen (appropriate

lighting after dark) and be predictable.

The Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau urges citizens to drive their cars and ride their bicycles

responsibly. Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others, like a bike

helmet, bright clothing (during the day), reflective gear, and a white front light and red rear light

and reflectors on your bike (at night, or when visibility is poor). Plan your route if driving as a

vehicle on the road; choose routes with less traffic and slower speeds. Your safest route may be

away from traffic altogether, in a bike lane or on a bike path.

For more information on bicycle safety please visit:

Prepared by:

Dennis Sliva, Sergeant

Media Release Date:

February 28, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Dennis Sliva, Sergeant

(805) 494-8262

Approved by:

Capt. Don Aguilar
Riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet at all times. We suggest all riders