October 15, 2004  


More Traffic Tips

By Rick Yeager

Bicycle Safety Gear

Bicycle operators at SLAC are responsible for following the same traffic rules as a motor vehicle. Stop signs require a complete stop before proceeding. Turning or changing lanes requires the display of DMV approved hand signals, and caution should be used when passing pedestrians. Although operating bicycles on the paved walkways at SLAC is permitted, this is not recommended for pedestrian safety.

Operation of a bicycle during the hours of darkness requires both a white or clear front and light as well as a red rear light or reflector. When riding at night, you should be sure you can be seen. A flashing red light armband, using lights attached to clothing or mounted to the rear of the bicycle seat or fender is strongly recommended. Other safety gear such as reflective clothing or attachable reflective markings, gloves and knee pads is recommended for personal safety.


Motorcycle, motor scooter and moped operators are required by DMV to wear a D.O.T. approved helmet for motorized vehicles.

Bicycle helmets are required for persons under the age of 18 and strongly recommended for persons 18 and up. A bicycle safety helmet is also D.O.T. approved, but only for use with a pedal operated vehicle and not with a motorized vehicle.

Scooter Weight Capacity

Motor scooters and mopeds have rider/operator weight limitations placed on them by the manufacturer. Ratings differ and for their own safety, operators should check the weight capacity of the scooter or moped they are planning to use. The capacity rating is posted underneath the vehicle seats. Many of the Honda scooters are rated for 185 lbs. The Honda Elite is rated for 275 lbs. If a weight rating cannot be found, contact SLAC Transportation to obtain this information.




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Last update Thursday October 14, 2004 by Emily Ball