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Police remind drivers, bicyclists about back-to-school safety

Posted at 6:58 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 22:42:49-04

The new school year is right around the corner and the San Luis Obispo Police Department is warning the community of possible traffic and transit concerns.

As students return to Cal Poly, officers say you can expect to see more bicyclists on the road, and they remind riders of the need to abide by the same rules they would if they were operating a vehicle.

"Be cautious on both sides whether you're in a bicycle, share the road, keep that same three foot safety zone to the bicyclist, stop at the stop signs and use your lighting equipment at night because if you can't be seen at night, it's hard for a car to make a safe turn," says SLOPD Commander John Villanti.

About 25,000 to 30,000 students are expected to be back on the roads in the area starting in the next few weeks.

Cal Poly does not allow incoming freshmen to park their vehicles on-campus, causing many to choose a bike as their main form of transportation.