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This National Bike Month, let’s commit to keeping cyclists safe. The risks are too great not to – for cyclists and for drivers!

In honor of the National Bike Month I’d like to write again about bicycle safety, from a different perspective. I know people who use bicycles to get to work and who use them for exercise and recreation, and they all take their safety very seriously. But their precautions cannot account for the actions of others with whom they share the road.

Bike Traffic Signal

“Bike Traffic Signals”, courtesy of DDOT DC from Flickr.

The most common kinds of bicycle accidents involve another person, usually in an automobile. While fault for the accident can lie with cyclists just as easily as with drivers, drivers are often at fault. In that spirit, here are safety tips for drivers that can help keep prevent accidents and injury.

And if you’re the driver who is annoyed by cyclists in your way and slowing your commute to wherever you happen to be going, you may want to read this because keeping those cyclists on the road is important for your wellbeing as well. Read on to find out why.

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Since 1998, 637 children have died in hot cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency doesn’t track close calls, which can result in permanent brain injury, vision and/or hearing loss, as well as other serious injuries, though the numbers would surely be astounding if they did.

Scene where a toddler was found unresponsive in a car.
Scene where a toddler was found unresponsive in a car.
From The Florida Times Union

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If you’ve bought a Ford in the last three years, it may have been recalled

Just under 1 million Fords were recalled in the last week of April for four separate issues. Including Ford’s recall one week previous, the number is well over that. Here’s a list of recalled vehicles, with a short description and the number of defective vehicles. (And no, the picture below is not one of the recalls. That was recalled long ago.)

Antique Ford Model car

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It may be a good idea but comes with consequences

If you’re a cyclist in San Diego, chances are good you’ve already heard about state senator Carol Liu’s February bill. In case you haven’t, SB 192 is a universal helmet law: if you ride a bike you have to wear a helmet, whether you’re thirteen or thirty-one. The bill also requires wearing reflective clothing at night, but it’s the helmets making people hot under the hood.

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What the law really says and how that might change

Any time there is an outbreak of preventable disease in this country we remember that there is no such thing as a perfect vaccine. They can fail, if rarely, and it only takes a moment of exposure to catch an airborne disease from an incautious carrier.

According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), at least 17 reported cases of measles in the current outbreak occurred in persons who had been vaccinated for the disease, a tiny number against the vaccinated population, but they had taken steps to avoid the disease and caught it anyway. They are not responsible for their sickness, but does that mean the person who exposed them is?

The answer may be yes, if you can prove they acted carelessly.

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Being aware of your surroundings is the best way to stay bike safe when you’re cycling in San Diego.

Some bicycle safety tips are repeated enough that you know them by heart: wear a helmet. Have a bike light and a mirror. Wear bright or reflective clothing. Don’t use headphones. Follow the law. But the basics are just a start. Here are five advanced bicycle tips from and for lifetime cyclists when riding on our busy San Diego streets.

3 San Diego Cyclists
MS TRAM | 2010.07.29 | Day 4 | Wadena to Fergus Falls
Request original/additional images for printing: MichaelJuvrud.com/TRAM2010

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Much Ado About San Diego Measles

Measles has been in the news since December’s Disneyland outbreak. At least one hundred and thirty cases existed in California and the disease spread to Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Washington state and Canada. The majority of California cases occurred in persons over twenty, and San Diego county holds the dubious honor of the third highest measles infection rate in the state.

The Mickey Mouse measles outbreak isn’t the only one, even though the United States officially eliminated the disease in 2000. It’s cropped up sporadically in the last few years, but an upwards infection trend could suggest the disease is making a comeback, with this and last year’s 383 cases in Ohio’s Amish community serving as a nasty reminder of what viruses do to unprepared communities.

Child with measles

Photo courtesy of the Public Health Library.

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Filing a DBA in San Diego County

Every legal business has a name, but how it’s chosen and correctly filed in California can be tricky business. Normally, a Corporate Lawyer in San Diego, like myself, would guide a business owner through the process to ensure it’s done correctly.

Basically, if you choose to name your business as anything other than your own personal name you need to file what’s called a DBA, “Doing Business As. “

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