Bike Safe Tips
Ride smart—BikeSafe! The number one rule for riders and drivers is Pay Attention!
Collision Type “Dooring”
A driver opens his door right in front of you. You run right into it if you can't stop in time. This kind of crash is more common than you might think: It's the second-most common car-bike crash in Toronto and the #1 crash in the City of Santa Barbara. How to avoid this collision:
Ride to the left. Ride far enough to the left that you won't run into any door that's opened unexpectedly. You may be wary about riding so far into the lane that cars can't pass you easily, but you're more likely to get doored by a parked car if you ride too close to it than you are to get hit from behind by a car which can clearly see you. If you are riding in a bike lane that is next to parked cars, you should ride to the outside of the bikelane to reduce the chance of getting “doored”.
See below for some safety tips and best bicycle safety practices. Click here to download a great map of bike routes in Thousand Oaks.
- Ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic.
- It is important to obey the rules. Stop or yield when required.
- See and be seen. Wear bright colors and make eye contact when interacting with drivers or pedestrians.
- Wear a helmet at all times and always ride single file.
- Practice regular safety checks and know the basics about fixing your bike.
- Ride far enough to the left of parked cars so that opening car doors are not a danger.
- You must have a light on the front and reflectors on the back of your bike if you ride at night or in foul weather. Add a taillight for more safety.Make sure your bike is in good shape; the tires are full and the brakes work. Obey all traffic signals and stop signs.
- Always ride in the same direction the cars are going, even if you are on the sidewalk.
- Stop and walk your bike across streets.
- Learn the proper hand signals and use them all the time.
- Make sure you make eye contact with any drivers when crossing the street.
- If you ride in the street, be careful of parked cars opening their doors in front of you.
- Slow down and watch for bicycles and pedestrians.
- Remember that your heavy vehicle outweighs a bike or a person.
- Pass safely when you have the opportunity.
- Be patient if you are behind a cyclist, especially if there is a sharrow road marking present; it is usually just a brief delay.
- Make eye contact when approaching a cyclist or pedestrian.