E-bikes are growing in popularity because they are a fun and convenient way to get around. Many parents in California are buying e-bikes for their children. Parents, however, need to be aware that they may be held liable if a passenger, pedestrian, or someone else is injured due to an e-bike crash caused by their child’s actions.
Bicycle Helmets/Bell Sports Recalls Giro Merit Bicycle Helmet Due to Safety Concerns/Helmet Giveaway
California Vehicle Code 21212 provides that all riders and passengers under the age of 18 are legally required to wear a helmet when using a bicycle, a non-motorized scooter, in-line roller skates, or a skateboard to travel along streets or bikeways, or on any other public bicycle path or trail. This includes anyone under 18 who is in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.
With lockdowns and more people working from home, the global pandemic significantly reduced traffic in California and across the nation. You would expect bicycle accidents and traffic deaths to decrease accordingly. In fact, the reverse occurred. Traffic fatalities have actually increased during the Covid crisis.
There’s a new kid on the block…or should I say, bike path. It’s the electric bike, or E-bike, which everyone and their mother seems to be purchasing in Santa Barbara and beyond, particularly during this last year of Covid quarantine. E-bikes are especially popular with those who are not avid cyclists and want a little help when faced with hills or headwinds. They are also a great alternative to enclosed transportation since they offer low cost, energy efficient, and emission-free transportation that also has physical and health benefits.
A 39-year-old Camarillo bicyclist was hit by a sport utility vehicle while riding on Lewis Road in Camarillo Tuesday night, the Ventura County Star reports.
Mario Tamayo was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, where he later passed away from his injuries. Authorities say Tamayo, who was wearing dark clothing, did not have lights on his bicycle and was not wearing a helmet while riding on a busy street after dark. Because of these factors, the driver, Michael Brigmac, did not see Tamayo until he collided with him. From the article, it is unclear as to whether there are bicycle lanes on the road where Tamayo was riding.
This incident highlights the importance of bicycle safety, especially in the winter months when the sun sets early at around 5:30 pm. If you routinely use a bicycle as a means of transportation, please take precaution and where a helmet wherever you are riding. Additionally, if you must ride at night, please purchase a bike light to protect yourself and alert drivers on the road.
If you have been injured while biking and believe a driver may be at fault, please contact skilled bicycle accident attorneys immediately for a free consultation to assess your situation and legal options.
There’s no better way to explore the natural beauty of California and get some fresh air than riding your bike. Bike riding is both fun and a great form of exercise, so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular pastime. However, bikes are subject to rules and regulations, like most other forms of transportation. If you plan on hopping on your bike anytime soon, there are some important rules you should know.
Few things are more enjoyable than renting a bicycle and taking it for a spin on one of Santa Barbara’s beautiful trails. From the relaxing coastal ride of Cabrillo Bike Path to the challenging twists of Old San Marcos Pass and Painted Cave Road with their gorgeous panoramic views, our “American Riviera” has something to offer the bicyclist at every level. Beachfront retailers make it easy to rent a bike while you’re here, whether you want to do some beach-cruising or mountain-biking!
In many ways, motorized scooters present great solutions for the traffic problems in Santa Barbara and throughout much of California. With that in mind, there are also very real risks that come with hundreds of people riding scooters that can go up to 15 mph on city streets and sidewalks.
When accidents do happen, who is truly at fault becomes a big question with an important answer.
Although there are certain laws in California for all bicycle riders, there are also city laws that provide additional regulations. In Santa Barbara, for example, you cannot ride a bicycle on any sidewalks; instead, you may only ride in the street and where permitted by other signs and traffic signals. People on skateboards, roller skates, and in-line skates are even more restricted. They are not allowed on public streets and many specific sidewalks; violation of these laws may result in a costly ticket.
In California, drivers must legally ensure there is at least a three-foot buffer between their vehicle and someone on a bicycle when passing the bike. Drivers, however, do not always provide this much space and can come dangerously close to the cyclist when passing by. One study actually found that drivers tend to keep their vehicles closer to cyclists wearing helmets and other protective gear. The presence of such gear can subconsciously make a driver feel the bicyclist is somehow safer than he or she really is in the presence of a heavy, fast-moving vehicle!