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Where are the Best Places to Bike Around San Bernardino?

Posted on March 1st, 2017

You have your gear and your bike ready to go. Sometimes, getting ready is the easy part. Finding fun, low traffic, and challenging bike paths is harder. We’ve compiled a list of seven of the best bike-enthusiast frequented trails, roads, and loops in San Bernardino.  Always remember to use safe biking practices while driving in and around vehicle traffic in order to avoid potential bicycle accidents. The top 7 best places to bike in San Bernardino county are:   #1. Santa Ana River Trail Bike part or all of this 50.3-mile trail through Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. The path of the Santa Ana River Trail is paved and routinely receives great online reviews for its accessibility, points of interest, and multiple access points. Depending on where you start, you may need to travel to the trail to bike it, but the trail makes for a great weekend activity with friends or on your own. #2. Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail The 18.1-mile trail winds through San Bernardino and offers riders paved and crushed stone surfaces. Some riders on the Pacific Electric IE Trail take the path on their commute into work, while others prefer to use it for recreation. Along the…

Important Rules of the Road for Bicyclists in California

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Many Californians are choosing to eschew cars in favor of bicycles for many reasons. Some want to improve their personal health and wellbeing, while others want to cut commuting costs or simply enjoy riding outdoors. While bicycling is great for the environment and cost-effective, cyclists in California should know the laws surrounding bicycles. And doing this will help reduce the frequency of bicycle accidents with cars and other hazards on the road. Liability in Bicycle Accidents California law considers bicycles as vehicles, meaning that bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as any other motor vehicle. The same is true in all other states. If a bicycle and a car collide, the courts determine fault through concept of negligence. The fact that a bicycle doesn’t afford its operator the same level of protection as a car affords its driver does not necessarily weigh in as a factor. If a bicyclist is negligent and causes an accident, he or she cannot sue for injuries and damages. California follows a comparative negligence law, meaning that the courts may reduce the compensation they award to plaintiffs in a personal injury case if they find the plaintiff to be partially at fault…

Bike Accident Prevention – How to Safely Share the Road With Bicyclists

Posted on June 14th, 2016

Bicyclists are entitled to share the road and drive on California roadways alongside vehicles, and motorists have an extra responsibility to use caution when traveling around them. This is mainly due to the fact that bicyclists are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries. Bicyclists are responsible for following the rules of the road, but just in order to reduce the chances of potential bike accident incidents in San Bernardino and throughout California, all drivers should adhere to the following driving safety tips: Bike Safety Tip #1: Expect the Unexpected When traveling around bicycles, you never know the skill level of the rider or the quality of the bike. Anything can happen. As you pass bicyclists or ride behind them, leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the bike. California uses the “three feet rule” to determine a safe distance between vehicles and bicyclists. Make sure your vehicle is at least three feet away from the bicyclist when you pass. Look twice when you back out of a parking space or open doors after parallel parking. Bicyclists can ride in the roadway, but many ride as close to the shoulder or curb as possible. This position often hides them from…

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