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Bicycle Education & Advice

5 Things Every Aggie Cyclist Should Know
 


Watch BEEP (Bicycle Safety Video)

The BEEP (Bicycle Education and Enforcement Program) video is a quick way to learn about cycling on campus and knowing your rights.

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Know Your Rights (Cycling Safety) -- See our 4 safety tips

There are a lot of experienced cyclists in Davis. Being an experience cyclists means knowing your rights as well as the rules of the road.

  • 1. Obey all traffic laws
  • According to the California Vehicle Code, every person riding a bicycle upon a street or highway has all of the rights and responsibilities of the driver of a motor vehicle. On campus traffic regulations are strictly enforced. You may be cited for running stop signs, riding at an unsafe speed for conditions, riding on the wrong side of the road or on sidewalks, wearing headphones while riding, not having legal brakes, etc. Cyclists are required by state law to use front white lights, rear red reflectors, pedal and side reflectors at night. Additional lights - especially rear red flashers, reflectors, and light colored clothing are a good idea.

    See Rules of the Road
  • 2. Maintain control of your bicycle
  • Ensure your bicycle is the right size and properly adjusted to fit you.
         • A properly-fitted bicycle is more comfortable and easier to control.
         • A bicycle shop can help you choose the correct size bicycle.
         • Ensure your bicycle is in good working order by inspecting it regularly.
  • 3. Wear a helmet (protect your investment)
  • helmetHelmets can greatly reduce the risk of head injury. Don't "hit the road" without one. But remember: even the best helmet has limitations and they don't prevent crashes.
         •  Defensive cycling is the key to bike safety.

         •  Properly-fitted helmets provide protection from a potentially life-threatening head injury.
         •  By law, bicycle riders under 18 years old must wear a bicycle helmet while riding on a public road (CVC §21212).
         •  Wear your helmet per manufacturer directions
  • 4. Be visible and alert
  • •  Use hand signals and eye contact to communicate your intentions.
    •  Even if you obey all traffic laws, there is always a risk of a collision.
    • •  Be prepared to stop for vehicles waiting at stop signs, in driveways, or parking spaces, which may suddenly pull out in front of you.
    • •  Be prepared to take evasive action relating to vehicles that have just passed you and may turn right, as well as vehicles coming the opposite way that may turn left in front of you.
    • •  Use hand signals before making turns or changing lanes to warn traffic around you. You do not have to keep your arm extended while completing maneuvers; always have at least one hand on the handlebars to maintain control.
      • •  To signal a left turn, look behind you, over your left shoulder, and then extend your left arm out.
      • •  To signal a right turn, hold your left arm up with your elbow bent.
      • •  To signal that you are slowing or stopping, extend your left arm down.
    • •  Ride in a safe lane position with traffic

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Additional Tips to Know When Riding in Traffic
 

Hand Signals

Use Hand Signals | Signal your intention to other drivers; your movements affect them. Hand signals tell everyone what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, courtesy, and self-protection.

Ride to RightRide in a Straight Line | Ride to the right of faster traffic in a straight line about a car door's width away from the parked cars.

Ride in a Straight Line

Don't Weave | Don't ride to the curb and weave between parked cars. Motorists may not see you when you try to move back into traffic.

Follow Lane MarkingsFollow Lane Markings | Don't turn left from the right lane. Don't go straight in a lane marked "right turn only"; stay to the left of the right turn only lane if you are going straight.

Choose the Best LeftChoose the Best Left | There are two ways to make a left turn.

  1. Like a motorist: Signal move into the left lane, and turn left. In a left turn only lane, stay to the right of the lane to allow any motorists behind to make their turn on your left.
  2. Like a pedestrian: Ride straight across to the far-side crosswalk , dismount, and walk your bike across.


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Choose Your Bicycle: Buy a Quality Bicycle, Options From $ - $$$$


Bring your bicycle from home - $ (free, affordable)

If you already have a bicycle, the most affordable option is to bring it with you to campus! Before riding your bicycle, make sure it is in good condition. This means legal brakes, safe tires, lights and reflectors. If you are unsure of your bike's condition, have it checked out by a qualified mechanic. Buy and install fenders before the first rain – believe us, you'll want them! If you need to ship your bicycle, there are several options you might consider:

Students who do not wish to transport a bicycle from home or feel that their old bicycle is unsuitable for everyday use can take advantage of local sales, service and repair at one of Davis' many dealers. 

Purchase a fixer-upper or gently used bicycle - $$ (affordable, spend a little money)

Used bikes are an affordable option, especially for those new to cycling. The cost of parts and a tune-up are nominal compared to what you would spend on a new bicycle. Plus, fixer-uppers and gently used bicycles are less likely to be stolen. Where to find used and affordable fixer-uppers:

Purchase a new bicycle - $$$-$$$$ (more of an investment)

With bike shops conveniently located within a few blocks of each other, variety, selection and competitive prices are ensured. Qualified bicycle shops will be able to outfit anyone with the right size and style of bicycle, as well as the appropriate security devices. For those wanting to spend a little bit more money, purchasing a new bicycle will allow you to be more selective, with little need to have work done on the bicycle prior to riding. See our recommendations for reputable bike shops right here in Davis:


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    Bicycle Repair Stations

    Bicycle repair stations are located throughout campus and are quick way to make those needed on-the-go repairs. Please see the Bike Repair Station Map for locations around campus.

    The ASUCD Bike Barn in the North Entry Parking Structure provides a tool-loan service, friendly advice, and a space for those who wish to do their own work on the premises. Call the Bike Barn at 530-752-2575 for more information.

    DIY Bicycle Repair

    Bicycle wheel being changed

     

    DIY: Learn to repair your own bicycle

    • ASUCD Bike Garage provides a tool-loan service, friendly advice, and a space for those who wish to do their own work on the premises. Call the Bike Barn at 530-752-2575 for more information.
    • ASUCD Experimental College often offers classes in bicycle maintenance. Visit the Facebook page to learn more.
    • Davis Bike Collective has volunteers to help guide you to teach yourself to repair your bicycle. They also offer a Women-Trans-Femme for those wishing to learn more in a safe space. Learn more
    • DIY Repair Stations are scattered around campus with tools available for your use. See locations
    • Plus, keep an eye out on classes offered by the Bicycle Program!

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