May is Bicycle Safety Month

May is National Bicycle Safety Month. The Seal Beach Police Department and California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) want to remind motorists and bicyclists alike to be  courteous and share the  road safely. Although bicycle safety is something that should be  observed every day of the  year, the  month of May is dedicated to encouraging drivers and bicyclists to do  their part to help reduce deaths and injuries on California’s roads.

“We all have places to be  and not  everyone gets there by car,” said Chief Michael Henderson.

“Bicyclists and pedestrians have the  same rights to the  road but  face even more risk  without the  protections that vehicles have,” Henderson said.

“We  should all be  looking out for one another,” Henderson said.

To  help keep people biking or walking safe, the  Seal Beach Police Department will conduct traffic safety operations throughout the  month focused on  the  most dangerous driver behaviors such as  speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for  signs and signals.

The Seal Beach Police Department offers steps drivers and pedestrians can take to greatly reduce the  risk  of getting injured or in a crash:


• Be  predictable. Use crosswalks, when available.

• Take notice of approaching vehicles and practice due care.

• Do  not  walk or run  into the  path of a vehicle. At 30  mph, a driver needs at least 90  feet to stop.

• Be  visible. Make it easy for  drivers to see you—wear light colors, reflective material and carry a flashlight, particularly at dawn, dusk or at night.

• Be  extra careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night when?it is?harder to see, or when crossing busier streets with more lanes and higher speed limits.


• Follow the  speed limit and slow down at intersections. Be  prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.

• Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.

• Never drive impaired.


• Obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front white light and rear red  reflector), and wear a helmet.

• Bicyclists must travel in the  same direction of traffic and have the  same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.

• Avoid the  door zone: do  not  ride too  closely to parked cars.

• If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where a right turn is allowed.

• Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the  right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

Funding for  this  program is provided by  a grant from the  California Office of Traffic Safety, through the  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

(For related story about bicycles and safety, see the Briefing Room)

For  more information about bike safety and how the  Seal Beach Police Department keeps the  community safe, visit us  on  social media @sealbeachpolice.