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Category: Safety

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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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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Common Hazards: The “Right Hook”

Posted on June 12, 2011 in Safety

The crash type known as a “right hook” is another common urban crash. There are 2 basic types of right hook crashes. One happens when an oblivious driver overtakes a cyclist and immediately turns right. This is best prevented by riding far enough into the lane to make drivers change lanes to pass, the ones…

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Common Hazards: Dooring

Posted on June 10, 2011 in Safety

Cyclists in large cities become aware of this one sooner or later. “Dooring” is what happens when a motorist or passenger opens a car door into the path of a bicyclist. A dooring can be relatively minor—resulting in nothing more than scrapes, bruises and rattled nerves—or it can result in death. While a cyclist can…

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How to Make a Left Turn

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

There are two proper methods for making a left turn on a bicycle: 1. Using Traffic Lanes As you approach the intersection, look over your left shoulder for traffic. If clear, signal your turn and move over to the left side of the lane, or into the left or center turn lane. Position yourself so…

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When to Take the Traffic Lane

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

This is another question I am often asked. If there is no shoulder or bicycle lane and the traffic lane is narrow, ride closer to the center of the lane. This will prevent motorists from passing you when there is not enough room. You should also use the traffic lane when you are traveling at…

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