Bike Safety

Our community had a couple of close calls recently when two students, one from Hart and one from Foothill, were injured separate traffic accidents after school on the same day. Luckily, everyone is fine and no major injuries were sustained.

We urge everyone to review these fantastic bike safety rules provided by the Pleasanton police department.
  • Protect your head. Always wear a bike helmet. It's the law for kids under the age of 18
  • Ride on the right side of the street with the flow of traffic.
  • Always ride in a straight line, in single file and avoid weaving.
  • Wear bright-colored clothing or special reflective gear for greater visibility.
  • Stop and look all ways before crossing the street from the sidewalk.
  • If you must ride your bike at night, be sure your headlight and reflectors are clean and can be seen.
  • Stay alert. Watch out for pedestrians and other objects.
  • One seat -- One rider.
  • Walk your bicycle across busy intersections.
  • Stop at all stop signs, yellow/red lights and flashing railroad signals.
  • Avoid busy streets and intersections if you can. Make eye contact with motorists before
  • crossing.
  • Always be aware of the traffic around you.
  • Do not swerve in and out of parked or moving cars.
Helmets must be worn snug and level on your head. You should not be able to move the helmet more
than one half inch in any direction. Use the pads to make your helmet fit snugly. The chinstrap should
be buckled tight enough to get only two fingers between your chin and the strap.

Many of these rules can be deemed violations of the California vehicle code and enforced with fines.
We encourage parents to go over these simple rules with their children to ensure a safe, injury-free
bike riding for your family. If you have any questions, please contact the Pleasanton police department
traffic unit at 931-5186.