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COVID-19 Restrictions Mean More Bicyclists On Roads

As the warmer weather brings more people outside this time of year, National Bicycle Safety Month is also observed each May. And since the stay-at-home order, Grass Valley Police Lieutenant Joe Matteoni says he’s been seeing even more riders out, among other outdoor activities…

click to listen to Lt Matteoni

Matteoni says law enforcement looks for the usual safety concerns for bicyclists, including staying in bike lanes when they’re available or as far over to the shoulder as possible, and riders under 18 wearing helmets. Drivers must also give bicyclists extra room for passing, at least three feet. But he says Grass Valley Police hasn’t seen much risky behavior…

click to listen to Lt Matteoni

In California, the Highway Patrol says 792 bicyclists have been killed over the last five years and more than 56-thousand injured in traffic crashes. The data also shows that riding on the wrong side of the roadway and right-of-way violations are the major causes of bicycle-involved collisions.

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