Bicycle Safety

In Sonoma County we are fortunate to have hundreds of miles of scenic roadways and a good climate to appreciate the outdoors. Very many of us enjoy riding our bicycles, to school, to work, on trails and to the beach!  Chances are, even if you don’t bike yourself, you know lots of people in the community who do. You’ve got a friend who bikes!

On these web pages you can find some tips for providing you and your family with hours of safe cycling.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, more than 500,000 people
are non-fatally injured while riding bicycles each year.

  • 1999, 750 bicyclists died in crashes. More than one-quarter were children ages 5 to 15.
  • More than 95% of bicyclists killed were not wearing helmets.
  • An estimated 140,000 children are treated each year in emergency departments for head injuries
    sustained while bicycling.

Causes of collisions are numerous — but the responsibility for safety belongs to all of us. Bicyclists must obey traffic rules, be visible and stay alert. Drivers must realize that the road belongs to all of us — including bikes. Drivers need to maintain safe distances from bicyclists and share the road.