Bike safety for the winter

REDDING. Calif. -  As the sun sets earlier and earlier it's getting more common to see cyclists out riding at night.

And that can get dangerous very quickly if the right precautions aren't taken.

Just this month two people were hit and killed in Chico while riding their bikes.

So here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe.

Remember to always obey the rules of the road while on your bicycle, stop signs and red lights should be observed and you should ride on the right side of the road.

It is also a law in California that, while riding at night, bicyclists have a white light in the front, and at least a reflector in the rear of their bikes. 

A red light is recommended, which can be bought for as little as $15.

And as always, wear your helmet.

The best advice is to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Most cyclists said their close calls mostly came from driver pulling out into traffic from a side street.

Drivers aren't faultless here either.

They can help by being vigilant and watchful of bicyclists, especially when pulling out of a parking lot or side street.

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