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CicLAvia: Tips for staying safe on your bike [Video]

April 21, 2013|By Stacey Leasca

For many participating in Sunday's CicLAvia event, not having to share the road with motor vehicles made for far less stress than a typical ride on L.A.'s busy streets.

But CicLAvia isn't an everyday occurrence. On most days, staying safe on a bicycle -- even with a growing number of bike lanes throughout the region -- can be a challenge.

Here's some advice from veteran riders Jamie Horton and Alex Vickers, who works for the city's bike sharing program, Bike Nation:

      • Stay out of the "door zone" -- the three-foot area to the left of cars where a driver, or passenger, could open the door unexpectedly. Horton says this is key to not "getting doored."
      • Ride in a clear course. Vickers advises remaining predictable in your path. Swerving in and out of driveways only raises your chance to be hit.
      • Never ride on the wrong side of the road.

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