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Bicycle Safety Within Coto de Caza

June 16, 2006  


During the June 8, 2006 Coto de Caza board meeting Yo Orduno described a public safety situation in the Summerfield district  including a warning about an increase of rush hour cyclists in and around Vista Del  Verde, some even riding pairwise making the early morning commute even more perilous. Varo stated that “there were many things that could be done” (none was mentioned an no action item was recorded).   While Varo was willing to readily assign board members to the different committees, public safety turned out to be Coto’s Tar B aby

It should be pointed out that the California Vehicle Code states that contrary to the security consultant’s views, “ Bicycles riders (cyclists) on public streets have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers and are subject to the same rules and regulations as any other vehicle on the road” – this means it is illegal to ride two bicycles side-by-side!


Further, the CVC indicates:

·        Most bicycle riding is done on roads and streets shared with motor vehicles. For your safety and the safety of others, obey the rules of the road as if you were driving a car -- stop at stop signs, red lights, and signals before turning or changing lanes.

·        Always ride on the right side of the road. Stay in single file as far to the right as practical. It's both dangerous and illegal to ride on the left side of a two-way highway.

Responsible local governments, such as Irvine, Santa Ana and others have made it a priority to inform their residents of these rules and regulations and also enforce them.  For example, the Santa Ana Bicycle Rider’s Rules are:



1.       Keep your bicycle in good mechanical condition (tires, chain, brakes).

2.       Obey all traffic rules and signs -- always give proper hand signals.

3.       Walk your bike across busy intersections.

4.       Always ride with the traffic - as close as possible to the right side of the road.

5.       Be sure the roadway is clear before entering.

6.       Always ride single file and watch for opening car doors.

7.       Most bicycles are built to carry one person -- YOU! And you alone.

8.       If you must ride your bike at night be sure your headlight and reflectors are in good condition.

9.       Select the safest route to your destination and use it. Avoid busy streets and intersections.

10.   Yield right of way to pedestrians.

11.   Always wear a bicycle helmet.


So now the question is, who on the board will take an action items and respond positively to Yo Orduno, now that you know of the ongoing illegal activity?



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