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I got 'doored' on my bike. Whose fault is it?

 I got 'doored' on my bike. Whose fault is it?

If you ride a bike on the city streets in Southern California, odds are good that you have your own story about a direct hit or near-miss by being "doored."

This unique problem knocks bicyclists for a loop when drivers open their car doors without looking, right into the cyclists' path. In such cases, which party would bear responsibility for the damage?

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Use common sense when bicyclists and drivers share the road

Use common sense when bicyclists and drivers share the road

While Los Angeles is becoming more proactive about protecting the rights of bike riders and designating lanes as bicycle lanes, there are still plenty of roads in and around L.A. that do not have bike lanes.

When no bike lane exists, riders must share the road with traffic by riding on the side of the roadway. This can be tricky in areas where there is no shoulder or when the shoulder is a gravel surface that can cause tires to wobble and bikes to topple.

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Do you remember to wear a bike helmet on each ride?

 Do you remember to wear a bike helmet on each ride?

It's hard to imagine that people still ride bicycles without first donning bike helmets to protect their heads, yet some do. Annually, roughly 900 bicyclists die in bike accidents, and of that total, three-quarters of those deaths are attributed to head injuries.

However, nearly 90 percent of all brain injuries stemming from bike wrecks could be averted through the proper usage of bicycle helmets.Helmets also help riders appear more visible to drivers. As part of protective cycling gear, it is the first line of defense for bicyclists to protect themselves.Helmets don't have to be dull, boring lids. There are many designs to choose from, allowing riders to select the helmet that appeals to them and matches their style.

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is your child street smart about bike safety?

 is your child street smart about bike safety?

California kids love to ride their bicycles, but parents must ensure that their offspring have the skill levels required for riding amidst traffic. Below are some tips for parents to give their kids a safer bike riding experience.

-- Your children's bikes should fit their size, and adjustments should be made after growth spurts.

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Is riding a bicycle safe on city streets?

 Is riding a bicycle safe on city streets?

Most people would agree that bicycling is a good way to keep fit, but is it safe? That depends.

In 2013, 743 cyclists died in collisions with motor vehicles, just slightly under two people each day in the United States. That year had the most bicyclist fatalities since 2006, as during that year 772 bicyclists died in accidents. It was a marked uptick from only two years before, when there were 682 bicyclist fatalities. These totals represent more than 2 percent of all those who were injured and killed in crashes in 2012.

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Safe habits for bike riding in California

 Safe habits for bike riding in California

There are a few good habits that every safe California bicyclist should maintain in order to limit the risk of getting into a car crash. While common sense and a watchful eye are always the most important safety strategies when taking to the streets, cyclists should also consider doing the following in order to stay safe.

First, do not talk on your phone and never try to text message or operate your smartphone in any way while riding a bicycle. It is also wise to refrain from using headphones to listen to music while on a bike. All these activities can serve to distract and/or limit your ability to avoid accidents. Second, always ride your bicycle in a straight and predictable pathway. If you suddenly cross into the street without signaling, you could find yourself getting hit by a driver who is surprised by your sudden change of direction and unable slow down or stop in time to avoid hitting you.

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Bike accidents: Crash statistics and proposed solutions

Bike accidents: Crash statistics and proposed solutions

A lot of debate is circulating about the best way to integrate bicycles into traffic flow in Los Angeles and communities across the country. Some places favor adding bike lanes or paths adjacent to or built into regular car and truck travel lanes. In other locations, solutions to prevent bike accidents include segregating motorists and bicyclists by using physical barriers and even entirely different paths.

No matter whether opinions of California bike riders, drivers, traffic planners and lawmakers are shared or different, none of these groups can ignore statistics showing more bicyclists than ever before are injured and killed on U.S. roads.

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California legislation fuels bike helmet controversy

 California legislation fuels bike helmet controversy

Many Los Angeles bike riders voluntarily wear helmets for added safety protection. California children and most teens have been required to wear helmets since 1994. State law makes helmet use mandatory for bicyclists under 18 and optional for older riders, but that could change.

Senate Bill 192 calls for all bicyclists statewide to wear helmets while riding. The same bill would make wearing reflective clothing compulsory for bicycling during nighttime hours. Violators would be issued citations and fined as much as $25 for riding without head protection.

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Police: California man tried to hide bike accident damage

 Police: California man tried to hide bike accident damage

Los Angeles recorded over 18,000 hit-and-run collisions in 2011, claiming three dozen lives. KCRW reported 72 percent of victims who died were pedestrians or bicyclists. In the past, many hit-and-run drivers escaped criminal and civil penalties, but advanced tracking methods – aided by the prevalence of photo-ready cellphones among witnesses -- have allowed law enforcement agencies to step up their game.

Santa Cruz police spent more than a month investigating a fatal bicycle accident that occurred the day after Christmas. Authorities knew the crash that killed a 63-year-old bike rider was caused by a white pickup truck, but it took time to narrow the field. A 41-year-old man recently was arrested for causing the fatality, after surrendering to police.

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Undercounted bike accidents don't deter California claims

Undercounted bike accidents don't deter California claims

No one really knows how many people ride bicycles in Los Angeles. We have no system locally, statewide or nationally to track the numbers, patterns or habits of bicyclists. It is not clear how many bike accidents go unrecorded.

National and state statistics reflect recorded accidents, not collisions dismissed by police. Research suggests bike crash statistics represent as few as 10 percent of the true number of accidents. So, let's look at the figures we do have.

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