Tips for Biking in San Leandro:
- Bicycle riding should always be done defensively. Scan the road for vehicles and anticipate their movements. Motorists may not always see you.
- City code prohibits riding bicycles on side walks unless you are under 12 years of age.
- Dress appropriately – wear bright clothing and dress in layers to adjust to temperature changes.
- Keep your bike well-maintained, properly adjusted, and outfitted with reflectors and lights. Always wear a helmet
Bike Safety Tips
Always Ride with Traffic
State law requires bicyclists to ride on the same side of the road as other vehicles.
Observe Traffic Rules
Bicycles must be driven like other vehicles and obey all traffic rules, including stop signs.
Use Hand Signals
By law, you must signal your intent to turn to other vehicles and fellow cyclists.
Keep Clear of the Door Zone
It is unsafe to ride too close to parked cars. Keep a distance of at least 4 feet between yourself and parked cars.
Use Lights at Night
Headlights must be visible from 500 feet, and a rear reflector or light from 300 feet. Wheel and pedal reflectors are also required.
Follow Lane Markings
Like a vehicle, you cannot go straight from a right turn lane.
Choose Best Way to Turn Left
You can turn left as a vehicle, from the left lane, or as a pedestrian, in the crosswalk. If you use a crosswalk, dismount and walk your bike across.
Avoid Road Hazards
Be especially aware of railroad tracks and drainage grates. Cross railroad tracks perpendicularly and avoid parallel-slat drainage grates.
See San Leandro Bike Map.