Need to run errands or exercise? The rules of the road still apply

Posted: April 29, 2021

The City of Fresno Parks, After School, Recreation, and Community Services Department encourages everyone to “go safely” during National Bicycle Safety Month

While shelter-in-place orders are in effect, we understand many residents need to run errands or go outside to exercise.

May is Bicycle Safety Month and City of Fresno PARCS is encouraging those out walking, driving or riding their bikes to look out for one another while practicing social distancing measures.

“Biking is a great way to get fresh air and exercise, but keep in mind others are staying at home too and have the same idea,” Recreation Supervisor II, Ryan Garcia said. “It’s important to keep you and your family safe by remaining aware of your surroundings even though there’s less vehicular traffic.”

The PARCS Department has participated in National Bicycle Safety Month for 5 years and for the 6th our goal is to get people safely riding in their community. Bicycle Safety Presentations and Bike Rodeo’s (Bike Safety Course) will be offered to educate the community. Our virtual library with educational videos and lesson plans can be found on the PARCS Department web page at www.fresno.gov

The PARCS Department suggests the following tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Always wear a helmet and never ride impaired.
  • Follow social distancing measures and maintain at least six feet of physical space between other riders and those out walking.
  • Be seen: Wear brightly colored clothing and have bike lights handy (front white light and rear red flashing light or reflectors)
  • Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
  • Rules of the road still apply: Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow-moving vehicle.
  • Keep outside trips to a minimum; they should only be to get essential items or exercise.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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