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Distracted? Watch out. We’re all family! — Dooring and more

Spotted biking Garden Road, Monterey, this girl and her dad might say:
“Heads up! People biking are someone’s beloved family members.”
You may even know them, as the driver in the video below did.

TU FAMILIA PSA – LACBC, REI, City of Lights from Jordan Melograna on Vimeo.

Thanks to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition for the public service video above.  Learn more about LACBC’s Precaución a tu familia.

Dooring—and the Dutch Reach

Whenever you’re a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle, please get in the habit of using the Dutch Reach. Learn more on http://www.dutchreach.org.

Learn more about distracted driving (plus recommendations about distracted biking) on the Bicycling Monterey website:  Click here for “Distracted? Stay alert. Cops about!”

Don’t say we didn’t warn you: Monterey County cops are alert. For example,  Salinas PD wrote 347 distracted driving citations in one month alone. And they don’t stop with national Zero Tolerance Day. Thank you, Salinas PD! 

Riding Skills, Personal Safety, and California Bike Laws–Tips for Children, Teens, and Adults

Información en español sobre las bicicletas

See Bicycling Monterey’s compilation of resources in Spanish; click here.

Sidewalk riding? 

The child below, biking Seaside, is coming off a sidewalk into a crosswalk. Extra caution required! Most people do agree that children up to approximately age 13 cannot really make the necessary decisions about vehicle speed and distance that allow them to bike safely in the street. Nonetheless, sidewalk riding requires extra caution at driveways and intersections. Listen to my 90-second audio and read tips in “Bicycling on sidewalks: misconceptions and advisories,” which includes laws and tips about crosswalks too.

Special thanks to the father and daughter pictured at the top of this post, who graciously paused for photos during their Sunday ride on Garden Road, Monterey.

See more from their “bike ed” ride, watch related videos, and get an update on infrastructure news; click here.

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