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Share the road...safely

May is Bicycle Safety Month

May is Bicycle Safety Month, which reminds us that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as automobile drivers and are required to obey the same rules of the road.

Motorists must:

  • allow at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist,
  • only drive in the bike lane when preparing to make a turn within 200 feet from an intersection and
  • look carefully for bicyclists before opening doors next to moving traffic.

Bicyclists must:

  • ride in the same direction as traffic,
  • stop at stop signs and signals,
  • have reflectors and lighting equipment if used at night and be visible at all times and
  • wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates (it's the law for children under 18).

Just as a vehicle is required to have valid registration, bicycles are also required to have a license. Having a license helps reduce bicycle thefts and aids in identifying and recovering bicycles which are lost or stolen.

The license issued by the city is a State of California bicycle license and is valid throughout the entire state. It costs $3.00 and includes two decals: the license number decal and the renewal decal. The renewal decal tells you how long you have before the license needs to be renewed, which in most cases is three years.

To obtain a bicycle license application and directions on how to submit completed applications, please visit or call the Lakewood Sheriff's Community Safety Center at 562-623-3583.

National Bike Month's Bike-to-Work Week is from May 15-19 and Bike-to-Work Day is on Friday, May 19. If you live within cycling distance to work, this would be a great way to get some exercise, have fun, and be active in the community!