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Four Ways to Stay Safe: #2 Protect Your Head

Posted on April 24, 2012 in Law,Safety

Protect Yourself Even a simple fall can cause a life threatening head injury. The brain is fragile and often does not heal the way that broken bones can. The damage can stay with you for life. Helmets provide protection. By law, bicycle riders under 18 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet while riding…

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San Francisco Cyclists: Careful at Divisadero and Fell

Posted on February 18, 2012 in Safety

Two Bike Accidents Reported At Same Intersection 24 Hours Apart by Bay City News February 16, 2012 2:15 PM Two collisions involving bicyclists were reported at the same San Francisco intersection about 24 hours apart this week along a corridor that is notoriously dangerous for cyclists, a police captain said today. Both accidents, which also involved…

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Brand New Cyclist Anti-Harassment Law

Posted on February 16, 2012 in Law,Safety

Cyclist anti-harassment law applies in Berkeley from today February 16, 2012 7:30 am by Tracey Taylor The new law allows bicyclists who are harassed or assaulted to take a driver to civil court. Photo: Nancy Rubin Today, Berkeley joins Los Angeles as only the second city in the nation to provide specific civil recourse for harassed and…

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Federal Funding for Cycling in Trouble Again

Posted on February 12, 2012 in Law

Federal support for bicycling is in trouble, again. The U.S. House and Senate have released bills that would reverse 20 years of progress toward making bicycling safe and stress-free for all Americans. The current Senate transportation bill eliminates essential biking and walking programs. To improve the bill, we’re asking senators to vote for a bipartisan amendment that…

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Advocates for Cycling: the California Bicycle Coalition (CBC)

Posted on January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

Did you know? The California Bicycle Coalition has been responsible for some of the largest successes in the cycling community. Its achievements include: 1997 CBC writes and sponsors Assembly Bill 1020, which more than triples the funding allocated to the Bicycle Lane Account, the only Caltrans account dedicated solely to bicycle projects. 1999 CBC co-sponsors…

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What is the CBAC?

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Blog

Formed by Caltrans in 1992, the California Bicycle Advisory Committee (CBAC) is composed of members who represent various California agencies and organizations. The committee provides guidance to Caltrans on bicycle issues. CBAC also reviews and comments on any proposed adoption or experimentation approval related to bicycle issues prior to consideration by the California Traffic Control…

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Common Hazards: The “Screened Left Cross”

Posted on June 14, 2011 in Safety

The “left cross” is another common crash type. It happens to both bicyclists and motorcyclists. This can also be divided into 2 basic circumstances. The first happens when a driver simply does not see a cyclist or motorcyclist who is plainly visible. The best way to prevent this is to ride prominently, seek some indication…

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