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Your Guide to California’s Bike Riding Laws

By Renee Nordstrand on May 29, 2020

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. Read the rest »

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Biking at the Beach: How to Be Safe this Summer

By Renee Nordstrand on July 29, 2019

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! Read the rest »

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Beware the Dangers of Motorized Scooters

By Renee Nordstrand on November 15, 2018

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. Read the rest »

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Santa Barbara Sidewalk Laws: Bicyclists and Skateboarders Beware!

By Renee Nordstrand on April 6, 2018

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. Read the rest »

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What Are Common Ways Driver Negligence Can Cause a Bike Accident?

By Renee Nordstrand on September 8, 2017

bicycle-nighttimeIn 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! Read the rest »

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Santa Barbara Cyclists Laud New Safety Law

By Renee Nordstrand on October 11, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will require motorists to give bicyclists three feet of leeway when passing them on roads and highways. Assembly Bill 1371, also known as the “Three Feet For Safety Act,” is slated to take effect in September 2014.

Ed France, the executive director of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, told that the new law is important because it makes drivers aware that the act of “buzzing” bicyclists or intimidating them on the road is now considered a criminal act.

“It is a meaningful step forward for respectful roadway behavior,” he told Noozhawk.

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Area Cyclists Demand Bike Lanes for Old Town Goleta

By Renee Nordstrand on July 1, 2013

Cyclists recently appeared en masse before a Goleta City Council meeting, demanding that the city restripe the roads in Old Town to allow for dedicated bicycle lanes.

The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBC) claims that Old Town residents, businesses, and visitors have been waiting for 15 years for bike lanes on Hollister Avenue. The Director of SBCC spoke to the Goleta City Council and asked once again that the city consider painting bike lanes on Old Town roads.

“Three bicyclists have been killed in the last 15 years,” he told the council. “We’d like to request a process that can end up with those bike lanes.” Read the rest »


Two Bicyclists Injured During Collision on Highway 135

By Renee Nordstrand on May 24, 2013

Officials are still trying to piece together what happened in an accident that left two bicyclists injured on Highway 135 in the Orcutt-Santa Maria area. One of the cyclist’s injuries was so severe that he was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Details are still sketchy, but what is known is that the two cyclists were hurt in a collision with a vehicle in the afternoon. Two emergency vehicles arrived on the scene, plus a Cal Star helicopter was dispatched to ferry the more seriously injured bicyclist to the hospital. Highway 135 had to be closed for a period to allow the emergency helicopter to land

According to, the other cyclist suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital by ground. A spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said that the accident is still under investigation. There is no current word as to the condition of the more seriously injured bicyclist.

The bicycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Reneé J. Nordstrand in Santa Barbara have represented injured bicyclists and the families of bicyclists killed in bicycle accidents for more than a quarter of a century.

Our law firm has the resources to conduct an independent investigation of your accident and we are dedicated to aggressively pursuing all available avenues to assure that you get fair compensation when you have been injured in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of another person.

It is important that you seek legal representation as soon as possible after you have been injured in a bicycle accident that was not your fault. Remember that a statute of limitations in California limits the time you will be able to file a personal injury claim, so you should seek our services sooner rather than later — even if you haven’t decided whether you want to pursue a legal remedy.

The Law Offices of Reneé J. Nordstrand offers you the experience you need to move your case forward and get the compensation you deserve. Call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022 or our Encino office at (818) 981-3530 for a free review of your case.


The Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand Obtains $545,000 Settlement in Bicycle Injury Accident

By Renee Nordstrand on November 15, 2012

Sometimes, all it takes is one careless or negligent move by a motorist to turn a person’s life and plans upside-down forever.

Such was the case of a client who was struck by a truck while he was riding his bike on Carrillo Street in 2008. The young man was planning on becoming a Navy Seal and he had moved to Santa Barbara to study at Santa Barbara Community College (SBCC) to get his Associates Degrees in Marine Diving Technology and Marine Biology. He was extremely active and had recently completed the application process to become a Los Angeles County Beach Life Guard — finishing 76th out of 500 applicants.

He had been working part-time as a commercial diver to make ends meet while attending SBCC.

On Dec. 31, 2008, his life was irretrievably altered. A tired surfer driving a Dodge Ram truck had gotten stuck behind a slow-moving, three-wheeled traffic-control vehicle on Carrillo Street. Impatient to get around the vehicle, the driver of the truck illegally moved into the bicycle lane to pass the vehicle and struck our client.

He suffered a litany of injuries including: visual disturbances, cognitive compromises, loss of taste and smell, depression, severe hip, thigh, and groin injuries, and deep vein thrombosis.

Sadly, as a result of his injuries, his pursuit of an active lifestyle was permanently compromised and he could no longer work as a commercial diver and his lifelong dream of becoming a Navy Seal was effectively over.

In October of 2010, the Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand was able to win an award of $554,856 for our client to cover his medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

The bicycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Renée J. Nordstrand promise that we will aggressively seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Are you wondering whether you have a personal injury case? Our lawyers can help you determine the best course of action. If you’ve been injured by a negligent, fatigued, or careless driver, call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022. Your case review is free.


Teenager Files Claim Against the City of Costa Mesa After Traffic Accident

By Renee Nordstrand on April 26, 2010

An 18-year-old San Clemente resident has filed a $42,000 claim against the city of Costa Mesa following a traffic accident at Fairview Road and Fair Drive that occurred on November 18, 2009, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In her claim, Katelyn Obbards states that she was riding her bicycle eastbound on Fair Drive at the Fairview Road intersection, and, as she crossed the intersection through a green light, the traffic signal changed from yellow to red in a few quick seconds, causing her to be hit from behind by a car traveling northbound on Fairview who accelerated when the signal opposing Obbards turned green.

As a result of the incident, Obbards suffered injuries including the loss of several teeth, facial lacerations, a fractured back, and a herniated disc.  According to Obbard’s attorney, a police officer that arrived at the scene of the accident had commented that the timing on the traffic signals was off.

It is the city’s responsibility to ensure that traffic signals function properly. If the signal was in fact off on the night of Obbard’s accident, the city of Costa Mesa may be held liable for her injuries and damages, including medical treatment, lost wages, and pain suffering.

If you have been injured on city property due to negligent conditions, please contact experienced, aggressive personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.


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