Bike Safety Tips from Coronado SAFE and the Coronado Bicycle Committee

As Santa was checking his list, and loading his sleigh, he found many requests from Coronado children, young and old, for bicycles this Christmas.

As we count down to Christmas morning, Coronado SAFE and The Coronado Bicycle Committee recommend parents review the following Bike Safely tips, rules and regulations with their children….

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Safe Cycling…..

      Be sure your bike

  • Is equipped with a correctly adjusted brake
  • Has been adjusted to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.
  • Has a white light in front to illuminates the road and is visible from 300 feet (in darkness)
  • Has a red rear reflector that can be seen by a vehicle’s headlamps from 500 feet (in darkness)
  • Has a white or yellow reflector on each pedal that can be seen from 200 feet (in darkness)
  • Has a white or yellow reflector on each side at the front of the bicycle, and a white or red reflector on each side at the rear of the bicycle (unless bicycle has reflective tires)
  • Does not have handlebars raised so high that the rider must lift hands higher than shoulders to reach them 
  • Has a bell for alerting others that you are approaching


  • Should always wear helmets. If less than 18 years of age, Coronado law requires a properly fitted, fastened helmet that meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If your helmet doesn't have a CPSC sticker, ask Santa to bring one that does.
  • Should use a basket or bike carrier to carry “stuff”
  • Must not ride with both ears covered by headphones, earplugs, etc.
  • Must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when riding on a sidewalk
  • Must WALK BIKES IN AREAS DESIGNATED AS “NO BIKE ZONES”. In Coronado the Orange Ave. business district and the area behind The Shores are “no bike riding zones”.
  • Must always STOP & LOOK for traffic in both directions when leaving your driveway, an alley, or a curb.
  • Must cross at intersections. Emerging from between parked cars is very dangerous as drivers can't see.
  • Must walk your bike across busy intersections using the crosswalk crossing signals.
  • GO WITH THE FLOW….Ride on the right-hand side of the street, so you travel in the same direction as cars. Never ride against traffic.
  • Use bike lanes or designated bike routes when available.
  • Don't ride too close to parked cars. Doors can open suddenly.
  • Stop at all stop signs and obey traffic lights, you are a vehicle just like a car.
  • Ride single-file on the street with friends.
  • When passing other bikes or people on the street, always pass to their left side, and call out "On your left!" so they know that you are coming.

      Communicate with the cars that share the road…

The following hand signals let cars know what you will do next!


  • Left turn--hand and arm extended horizontally beyond the side of the vehicle.
  • Right turn--hand and arm extended upward beyond the side of the vehicle,
  • Stop or sudden decrease of speed signal--hand and arm extended downward beyond the side  of the bike

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Comment by chuck perkins on December 23, 2012 at 7:00am

"Must walk your bike across busy intersections using the crosswalk crossing signals."

Bikes, when ridden, must follow the same rules as other vehicles at intersections.  It may be one's prerogative to dismount & become a pedestrian, but most certainly not a Ca law.

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