Group campaigns to make streets safer for bicyclists

A group in Yolo County is trying to make the streets safer for bicyclists. July 31, 2016

A group called Bike Campaign in Yolo County is promoting safety and health through bicycling with leaders in Davis and Woodland.

"Thousands of people are out on the bike lanes," said Maria Contreras Tebbutt, Bike Campaign. "Many of these people the last time they rode out on a bike they were children in a safe cul-de-sac where they didn't know the rules of the road."

The group will be hosting bike tours for city and school leaders in Davis and Woodland starting on August 5.

Members want leaders to be aware of bike rules and routes as an alternative since members say schools in Davis and Woodland generate 20,000 car trips a day.

Davis is the sixth safest city for bicyclists out of 103 cities of its size, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.

However, some longtime residents and bicyclists say the roads can get dangerous.

"There are a lot of awkward situations for cyclists especially around confusion with intersections," said Josh Zeldner, Davis resident.

"Most of the time people don't realize that any cyclist needs to obey the rules of the road and they're exactly the rules of the road as if you have a California driver’s license and you're following California vehicle code," said Tebbutt.

The first leadership bike tour will be on August 5 in Woodland from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

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