Huntington Beach

How to be safe on that bicycle

IT’S BIKE SAFETY Month in Huntington Beach. But where’s this guy’s helmet?  (Flickr/Nuno Ribeiro).

May is Bicycle Safety Month and the Huntington Beach Police Department is encouraging those out walking, driving, or riding their bikes to look out for one another and to stay safe.

Biking is a great way to get fresh air and exercise, but keep in mind others have been staying at home too, and have the same idea. It’s important to keep you and your family safe by remaining aware of your surroundings even though you may be walking or riding a bicycle.

The Huntington Beach Police Department suggests the following tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Always wear a helmet and never ride impaired.
  • Follow social distancing measures and maintain at least six feet of physical space between other riders and those out walking.
  • Be seen: wear brightly colored clothing and have bike lights handy (front white light and rear red flashing light or reflectors)
  • Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
  • Rules of the road still apply: Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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