May is Bicycle and Motorcycle Awareness Month
The wamer weather means a lot more motorcycles and bicyclists will be out on the road across California.
During the month of May, the Santa Clara Police Department will step up enforcement specifically geared toward stopping drivers, motorcycle riders and bicyclists for traffic violations that have the potential to increase the risk of crashes. It is also an opportunity for the Department to remind everyone to share the road and look out for one another.
Important safety practices include:
- Check your mirrors and blind spots. Make sure your vehicle’s rear and side-view mirrors are adjusted properly.
- Use your signal when changing lanes. If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, make sure the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
- Slow down behind motorcycles and keep your distance.
- Never share a lane with a motorcycle.
- Be aware of motorcycles lane splitting, which is legal. Give riders enough room to pass.
- Always look twice at intersections and allow enough space for a motorcycle or bicycle to clear the roadway before making a turn.
- Always wear a helmet, bright colors and protective gear.
- Use your turn signal, or hand signal, at every lane change or turn.
- Turn lights on even during the day.
- Keep your distance.
- Consider the width of lanes, roadway and weather conditions when lane splitting.
- Avoid lane splitting next to larger vehicles such as big rigs, buses and motorhomes.
- Check your equipment (e.g. proper height, tires inflated properly, lights/reflectors, horn/bell, rear-view mirror, etc.)
- Remember, bicyclists must follow the same rules as motorists, including riding single-file in the direction of traffic.