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The Susanville Police Department is emphasizing road safety during National Bicycle Safety Month

In honor of National Bicycle Safety Month in May, Susanville Police are asking cyclists and motorists to remain vigilant and prioritize road safety.

Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highlights the need for more caution. In 2022, 1,105 cyclists died in accidents and 46,195 were injured. These figures represent a disturbing increase over the previous year.
To address these alarming trends, the Susanville Police Department will conduct a series of traffic safety operations throughout the month of May. These efforts will focus on reducing driver behaviors that endanger bicyclists and pedestrians, such as speeding, illegal turns, failure to yield, and speeding at stop signs or through red lights.

The department offers some safety guidelines for drivers:

  • Slow down: Obey speed limits, especially near intersections.
  • Check for cyclists and pedestrians: Look carefully before turning or opening a car door near streets or bike paths.
  • Maintain a safe distance: Be patient when riding behind cyclists and allow plenty of space as you pass. California law requires a minimum clearance of 3 feet, or change lanes if possible.
  • Avoid distractions: Don’t use your phone or drive if you have an impairment.

Safety guidelines for cyclists:

  • Use Lights at Night: Make yourself visible in low light.
  • Wear a helmet: Although not mandatory for those over 18 years of age, helmets significantly reduce the risk of head injuries.
  • Follow the rules of the road: Drive in the same direction as traffic and obey the same rules as other vehicles.
  • Benefits for pedestrians: Pedestrians have priority at marked and unmarked crossings.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds this safety initiative. The department says: Stay safe on the road and remember to share the road and look out for each other.