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California ahead of the curve with protected bike lanes

California ahead of the curve with protected bike lanes

One California city has followed the tradition in the Netherlands for establishing protected intersections for bicyclists to decrease the risk of them being struck by cars that are turning. Earlier this month, Davis, California, unveiled America's first protected intersection.

The reason behind the intersections is clear. Bike lanes that are separated physically from the road with a barrier have reduced death and injury rates for cyclists. Yet even with those protections in place, bike riders have to cross intersections beside traffic, even though statistics indicate most collisions happen in intersections from cars turning into the cyclists.

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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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Can exercise help people who have spinal cord injuries?

Can exercise help people who have spinal cord injuries?

There are a lot of different injuries that can occur when a bicyclist is struck by a motor vehicle. One of the injuries that can occur is a spinal cord injury. Oftentimes, a spinal cord injury has catastrophic effects that can impact a person's ability to live life in the same manner as he or she was prior to the accident. In some cases, a spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis or other mobility issues. Exercising might help people with spinal cord injuries to stay as healthy as possible and overcome some obstacles.

How can a person with a spinal cord injury exercise?

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Vital states on bike accidents for baby boomer bikers

Vital states on bike accidents for baby boomer bikers

After Secretary of State Kerry was in a recent bicycle crash, a lot of people are thinking a little more about bicycle safety -- especially people over the age of 70. According to one medical expert, the fact is, we cannot stop the aging process and the older we get, the more dangerous sports like bicycle riding become. That said, everyone is different, and everyone needs to assess their own physical fitness level when it comes to engaging in this sport.

The states that lead the nation in bicycle accident fatalities are Texas with 48, Florida with 133, and California with 141 per year. That said, these states are also among the four most populous states in the nation and they also boast year-round warm weather, so it might be understandable that more bicycle accidents occur in California versus another area of the country.

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The frequency of pedestrian and bike crashes

 The frequency of pedestrian and bike crashes

While the majority of car accidents involve only motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists are involved in a fair number of crashes as well. In many ways, these are vastly more dangerous accidents since these people have limited protection and can be seriously injured. If two cars collide at 20 miles per hour, there is a good chance that no one will be hurt. However, the same accident could be fatal if the car struck a pedestrian or a cyclist.

In fact, when looking at the statistics for 2013, it can be seen that thousands of deaths occurred this way across the United States. Those on foot were actually in more danger, as 4,735 pedestrians were killed in accidents. Cyclists also saw a significant amount of risk, though, with 743 deaths.

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San Luis Obispo County is home to most deadly bike accidents

San Luis Obispo County is home to most deadly bike accidents

Deadly bike accidents can happen all over California, whether they involve just the bikes alone or other vehicles. However, new research has shown that San Luis Obispo County is the most dangerous, statistically speaking, as it has more of these deadly crashes than any other county in the state.

The total number of cycling deaths in 2014 was just five, but that still put the county at the top of the list.

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Tips to help cyclists ride safely

 Tips to help cyclists ride safely

It's clear that cyclists are in a fair amount of danger when riding, as 2012 saw 49,000 injuries and 726 deaths. In 2011, there were only 682 deaths, so 2012 actually showed an upward trend in this regard. With this in mind, what are some things you can do to stay safe while riding in California?

First, always ride on the same side as the traffic that is going in your direction. You want the cars to come up behind you, as fewer accidents happen when cars are moving in this direction, as opposed to coming toward cyclists.

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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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