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Year: 2021

Governor Newsom Vetoes A.B. 122, The Bicycle Safety Stop Bill

Posted on October 26, 2021 in Uncategorized

By Michael Stephenson I recently wrote about A.B. 122 – a proposed bill which had passed the California assembly and California Senate – would have legalized the so-called California roll or California stop. Unfortunately, Governor Newsom vetoed this bill last week, and thus it will not become law in California (at least for now). In his…

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Can I Ride My Bicycle on the Sidewalk if I do Not Feel Safe on the Road?

Posted on October 19, 2021 in Blog,Laws

Statistics from the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan show that in 2018, there were 178 fatal bicycle crashes, and 1,064 serious bicycle crash injuries in California. With these statistics, it is no wonder that many bicyclists feel unsafe while riding on the street and opt to ride on the sidewalk instead, thinking that it will…

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Bike Gear for New Bicycle Commuters

Posted on October 14, 2021 in Uncategorized

There are tons of great reasons to bike to work, for your own health and the planet’s. In many cities, bikes are faster and more efficient than cars for navigating downtown areas. If you’re new to bicycle commuting, you’ll want to get the right bike gear to make your commute as safe and comfortable as…

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Latest E-Bike Rules for National Parks

Posted on October 5, 2021 in Uncategorized

Great news for e-bike riders who want to explore the US National Park System: the NPS rules for e-bikes have finally caught up with their popularity. The updated rules laid out in Secretary of the Interior Order 3376, “Increasing Recreational Opportunities through the use of Electric Bikes” went into effect on December 2, 2020 and…

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Frequently Asked Questions After a Bicycle Accident

Posted on September 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

You’re riding to work and all of a sudden find yourself slamming into a car door opening right in front of you, and you hit the ground. You’re in shock and don’t know exactly what to do. Although we hope you’re never in this situation, it is good to think ahead and plan for it…

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Bicycle Crashes Without Helmets: Recent Studies

Posted on September 10, 2021 in Safety,Uncategorized

We have written in the past about why so many cyclists decide not to wear helmets, and why we recommend that everyone wear a helmet. Even though studies over the years have shown over and over that helmets reduce the severity of injury in a bicycle collision, a majority of cyclists choose to not consistently wear…

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Top 3 Common Car vs. Bicycle Crashes

Posted on September 1, 2021 in Bicycle Accidents,Safety

At Bay Area Bicycle Law, we use the word “crash” or “collision” rather than “accident” when speaking about our client’s cases. The word “accident” implies that no one is at fault – and for the clients we represent, this isn’t the case. These bicyclists’ lives were turned upside down because of the carelessness – or…

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