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Know Your Police Senior Volunteer Patrol, Rules For Bicycles

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:06 pm

This week we would like to bring to your attention some of the rules of the road for bicycles. Bicycle safety is an all year round issue but does seem to escalate with summer and the influx of tourists with bicycles. Some of what we are providing are state law, others may be City of Coronado or just reminding you as a result of accidents we have witnessed.

It is the law that anyone under the age of 18, riding a bicycle, must wear a helmet. That means buckled as recommended. It does not help to have it riding on the handlebars.

If the rider is under age and stopped by a SVP member they will receive a verbal warning. If stopped by a police officer it may result in either a warning or a citation. A citation will result in a trip to the South Bay Court and a fine.

You will also find signs posted around the village indicating areas such as the business district, the library block and more where bicycles are to be walked on the sidewalk, not ridden.

Be mindful of the pedestrians around you when riding. They may not hear you coming behind them.

Here are a few bike safety tips. Remember to obey driving rules, the same as a vehicle. Stop at stop signs. Obey traffic lights. Ride with the traffic and use proper hand signals.

If out at night after dusk or dark wear bright reflective clothing and maintain lights and/or reflectors.

Bicycle theft is another issue where you can help yourself. We all know that bicycle theft is an issue, not only in Coronado but in most other cities as well. Here are some pointers that may keep your bike safe.

Have it registered at the police department so that it can be traced if stolen and later found. There is no fee to this service.

Register with Coronado Police Department at https://www.coronado.ca.us/government/departments division/police services.

Be sure you have a good strong U-lock and use it. If at home keep your bike in the garage, if possible or some other safe place. If storing a bike in the yard or on the porch lock it securely to a post or some other strong site. If you are out and about in the village lock your bike securely to a designated bike rack.

Be cognizant of the fact that bicycle accidents can happen at any age. It is just as common to see our senior citizens on a bike as it is to see a student on the way to school.

With that in mind may we recommend that people of all ages should be wearing bike helmets to prevent head injury in the event of an accident.

For more information, please call 619-522-7350 or email policeserviceswebcontact@coronado.ca.us.

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