In late October of this year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was awarded a federal grant for improvement of pedestrian and bicyclist safety throughout California. The grant will be used in large part to provide additional education for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle drivers.
Have you noticed an increase in bicycle use in the Sacramento area in recent years? Have you seen the huge bike trend among people in the downtown and Natomas area? It seems as though it is becoming more and more popular and people are turning to their bicycles not just for healthy exercise or transportation but just for the fun of it. The trend is making such a splash that there are even locations that offer bike valet. Including the Farmers Market at North Natomas Regional Park.
As residents of Sacramento we have access to ample bike trails in our area including many in the Natomas area. Wheather you are a solo cyclist or a group rider there are many more options available to the public then in previous years. For more information about Natomas Biking check out this website http://northnatomastma.org/bike/bike-news There you can find lots of helpful resources and remember when biking to always keep safety your number one priority.
Did you know that as of September 16, 2014, California motorist have been required to “give bikes three feet” when passing in the same direction of travel as the bicyclist? Three feet of clearance has been recommended by the California DMV in its’ driver handbook for several years, but this new law makes it official.
With summer upon us, more bicycles are out on the area road, and it is a good time to familiarize oneself with this fairly new law. The three feet distance extends to any part of the bicycle, the bicyclist and any part of the motorist’s vehicle. Prior to the passage of this law, the California law was that motorists were to pass at a less specific “safe distance”.