Bicycle Safety

Some Bicycling Facts
  • Bicyclists share the road with cars, trucks, pedestrians, and other cyclists.
  • Over 40,000 Bicyclists were injured in traffic each year over the past 10 years.
  • Approximately 700-800 Fatal Bicycle Accidents occur each year.  Of those, 80 - 95% were not wearing helmets.

Source: California Vehicle Code, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and www.helmets.org.

More facts and information on helmet use can be found at www.helmets.org.


Guidelines for Riding Right

DODON'T
  • Be predictable when riding
  • Wear a Helmet and Eye Protection
  • Wear bright colored clothing
  • Carry Identification
  • Obey all Traffic Laws
  • Ride with Traffic
  • Ride in the Bicycle Lane (whenever possible)
  • Ride to the furthest right as can be safely done (when traveling at a lower speed than automobile traffic)
  • Use Hand Signals
  • Use a Front Head Lamp and a Red Tail Lamp at Night
  • Ride with both Hands on the Handle Bars
  • Maintain and Clean your Bicycle Often
  • Ride Too Fast for Conditions
  • Ride if you consumed Alcoholic Beverages
  • Ride on the Sidewalk
  • Use a Cell Phone while Riding
  • Wear Headphones while Riding
  • Ride on Public Piers

Sharrows
 
What is a Sharrow?
Sharrows are roadway stencils used to identify streets that are to be shared by vehicles and bicycles.
 
Sharrows are also intended to alert drivers of the presence of bicyclists in the roadway and encourage caution. The benefits of the use of Sharrows are to:
  • Assist bicyclists with positioning in a shared lane with on-street parallel parking in order to reduce the chance of a bicyclist’s impacting the open door of a parked vehicle.
  • Assist bicyclists with positioning in lanes that are too narrow for a motor vehicle and a bicycle to travel side by side within the same traffic lane.
  • Alert road users that bicyclists are likely to occupy the same lane.
  • Encourage safe passing of bicyclists by motorists
  • Reduce the incidence of wrong-way bicycling.
Where Have Sharrows Been Added?
The City of Newport Beach has added shared lane markings (SLM), or “Sharrows”, on E. Coast Hwy (SR-1) between MacArthur Blvd and Poppy Ave. The project is part of ongoing efforts to improve bicycle safety in response to the number of bicycle involved collisions throughout Newport Beach.
 
Are bicyclists allowed to ride in the roadway?
There are certain exceptions in the California Vehicle Code that allow bicyclists to take an entire lane of travel whether Sharrows are present or not.
 
California Vehicle Code: 21202 (a)
Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:
  • When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
  • When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
  • When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a "substandard width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
  • When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

 
The presence of Sharrows does not absolve bicyclists from their responsibility to operate their bicycles safely and within the confines of the Vehicle Code. Violations related to stopping at posted stop signs, stopping for red lights at signal controlled intersections, etc. are enforced and are unaffected by the presence of Sharrows.
 
The goal of the Newport Beach Police Department is to help promote the safety of bicyclists using the roadways, and to encourage cooperation and sharing of the roadways between bicycle and motor vehicle traffic.
 

Bicycle Security
  • Always lock your bicycle when left unattended
  • Register your bicycle information with your local Police or Fire Department
  • Maintain your bicycle information somewhere easily accessible
  • Report your bicycle if it is ever lost or stolen
  • Maintain an updated picture of your bicycle

Bicycle Safety Checklist (prior to riding)
  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Reflectors
  • Lights
  • Saddle/seat
  • Handlebars
  • Pedals and crank
  • Chain
  • Gears
  • Frame and Forks
  • Wheels
  • Bicycle Lock

Newport Beach Bike Trails



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ClassTypeDescription
Class IBicycle PathProvides for bicycle travel on a paved right-of-way separated from any street or highway. Includes sidewalk bikeways adjacent to street.
Class IIBicycle LaneProvides a striped and stenciled lane for bicycle travel on a street or highway.
Class IIIBicycle RouteProvides for a shared use with motor vehicle traffic and may be identified by signing.
Class IVBicycle TrailProvides a dirt pathway designated for the use of bicycles and pedestrians completely separate from motor vehicle traffic.

 


 









For more information on bicycle safety from the City of Newport Beach, click here.

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