Sac PD: "Ride Safe" program

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Ryan Sharpe

Sep 7, 2010, 3:04:17 PM9/7/10
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Hello, Massers.

For those of you that were around a couple years back when the Sac PD
was breathing down our necks, you're likely to get a hoot out of this
press release below. For the rest of you, it's a good warning that
the police are going to be cracking down on cycling.

Sacramento Ride Safe

Did you know that September is "Sacramento Ride Safe" month?
September has been deemed "Sacramento Ride Safe" month by the
Sacramento Police Department in an effort to reduce traffic collisions
involving bicyclists.

In the United States each year, there is an average of 900 bicycle-
related deaths and more than 500,000 bicycle-related injuries
requiring hospital emergency room treatment. This year in Sacramento,
collisions involving bicyclists, that have resulted in fatalities or
serious injury, are on the rise.

Throughout the month of September, officers will be on alert for
bicycle and motorcycle riders who are not following the law. The main
objective will be to enforce traffic laws, educate the public, and
reduce the number of bicycle-related collisions.

"As a cyclist, I'm aware of the dangers that exist on the roadways.
We must all make a conscious effort to ride safely, follow traffic
laws, and be aware of our surroundings," said Police Chief Rick

Please remember the following tips when bicycling:

* Bicycles are vehicles with the same rights, rules, and
* On every ride, wear a helmet that meets federal safety standards
* Check for traffic and be aware of the traffic around you
* Ride single file in the same direction as other traffic
* Always use hand signals
* Wear bright clothes to be visible
* Avoid cycling at night

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Some of the other bike forums and mailing lists in the region have
gone ballistic, and I'm waiting to hear the Sac PD media office return
my voice mail. If anything else happens, I'll let you know.


Mark Ashurst

Sep 7, 2010, 3:12:21 PM9/7/10
How does "Bicycles are vehicles with the same rights, rules, and responsibilities"
Square with "Ride single file" and "Avoid cycling at night"
Is it not legal for other two wheel vehicles (motor cycles) to ride side by side? and Is there a law about "avoiding night"?

Thuha Tran

Sep 7, 2010, 3:25:11 PM9/7/10

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