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Be Predictable Ride so drivers can see you and predict your movements. Remember that the rules in the drivers manual apply to bicyclists also. Be Alert
Ride defensively and expect the unexpected. Remember, bicyclists are more vulnerable.
Be Equipped
Always wear a helmet, it’s the law for 18 years-old and younger. Use protective gear and wear visible clothing.
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Obey Traffic Signs, Signals,
and Laws

Bicyclists must follow the same laws as motorists. Stop at red lights and stop signs just as you would in a car.
Obey Traffic Signs, Signals, and Laws Use Hand Signals
Hand signals tell others what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of courtesy and of self-protection.
Use Hand Signals
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Ride in a Straight Line
Ride in a straight line and far enough from parked cars so you can avoid suddenly opened doors. Riding in a straight line allows others to anticipate what you are likely to do.
Ride in a Straight Line Be Visible at Night
The law requires a strong headlight (visible from at least 300 feet ahead) and a rear reflector or taillight (visible 500 feet from behind) at night or when visibility is poor. Wear light-colored clothes with reflective tape for extra protection (CVC 21201d).
Be Visisble at Night
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Ride with Both Hands
Ready to Brake

You may need to stop suddenly at unexpected times. In rain, allow three times the normal braking distance.
Ride with Both Hands Ready to Brake Riding on Sidewalks
May Be Prohibited

Pedestrians have the right-of-way. Give them an audible warning before you pass. Watch for vehicles at driveways and intersections.
Riding on Sidewalks May Be Prohibited
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Do Not Pass on the Right
Whenever you ride, be cautious-even when riding in a bike lane. When approaching an intersection or driveway, be especially cautious and do not overtake a vehicle on its right; it might turn right in front of you.
Do Not Pass on the Right Never Ride Against Traffic
Bicyclists must ride with traffic. Motorists are not looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side
of the road.
Never Ride Against Traffic
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Follow Lane Markings
Do not go straight in a lane marked right-turn-only.
Follow Lane Markings Ride in the Middle of
Narrow Lanes

When the lane is too narrow for a car to pass you safely, ride in the middle of the lane.
Ride in the Middle of Narrow Lanes
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Choose the Best Way to Turn Left There are two ways to make a left turn: 1) Like an auto, signal, move into the left lane, and turn left. Do not turn left from the right lane. 2) Like a pedestrian, use the crosswalks and walk your bike across the sidewalk.
Choose the Best Way to Turn Left Scan the Road Around You
Look ahead and anticipate what other traffic is likely to do. Watch
for cars, people, pebbles, grates, etc. Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving.
Scan the Road Around You
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You May Leave a Bike Lane
when overtaking a bicycle, making a left turn, avoiding a road hazard or other obstruction or you are afraid a motorist might turn across your path, you may temporarily merge WITH CAUTION into the adjacent automobile lane for safety or better visibility. (CVC 21202)
You May Leave a Bike Lane