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City of Davis Shares Bicycling Tips for Back to School

Release by the City of Davis:

With the start of the K-12 school year right around the corner, the City of Davis is sharing some helpful tips for families and students to consider as they prepare for the first day of school.

• Helmets: Did you know that helmets expire? Check the expiration date on helmets to see if it is time for a new one. Everyone under the age of 18 years old is required by State law to wear a helmet.

• Practice: Try riding or walking the route to school before the first day. There are many construction projects happening around town that might affect the route and could potentially add time or detours.

• Education: Interested in becoming more knowledgeable about the rules of the road and where to ride? The City of Davis offers free, online bike education classes for teens and adults. Sign-up at

• Active4.Me: Get a text, email or phone call when your student arrives at school by registering for the program at their school site. The program uses barcode technology to capture trips to school and computes the impact each trip has on CO2, gas, dollars and calories.

• Bike Parking: End each bike ride by parking and securing your bike adequately. A good tip is to lock the frame, wheels and rack together at a designated bike rack.

• Spin Scooters and Bikes: This fall, Spin will have e-bikes and e-scooters available to ride in Davis. Only those who are 18 years and over are allowed to ride these devices. There are designated slow and no parking zones in the City for Spin devices. For more information visit:

• Patience: For parents or guardians dropping off students in a car, consider adding buffer time in the morning for last-minute delays or issues. If someone is slowing down or stopped ahead of you in a car do not go around them. The motorist could be stopped to allow someone to walk or bike across the street. Never cross a double yellow stripe to pass someone on the road.

• Parked Cars: Students who are bicycling or scooting should stay in the bike lane and stay three to five feet from parked cars. Drivers who park their cars on the street should look behind them for bicyclists before opening car doors.

For more tips on bicycling in Davis, including registering your bike or finding the nearest Safe Routes to School, visit:

Press contact: Barbara Archer,, 530-400-3418

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