Biking is a great way to travel through Southern California and is a fun recreational activity when using the region’s best biking trails.
Many times, bicyclists may encounter railroad tracks and we want to remind you to stay safe when crossing or coming into contact with tracks.
Here are six safety tips for bicyclists near train tracks:
- Crossing tracks on a bicycle requires caution and extra attention. Narrow wheels can get caught between the rails. If possible, walk – don’t ride – across. Always cross at a 90-degree angle.
- Use only designated railroad crossings. The only legal and safe place to cross railroad tracks is at a designated public crossing with a crossbuck, flashing red lights or a gate. Crossing at any other location is trespassing and illegal.
- Turn off music and remove earphones at all rail crossings. Music can be a deadly distraction near the tracks – preventing you from hearing an approaching train.
- Wet train tracks can be slippery. Dismount and walk your bike across the tracks. Step over the tracks – not on them – to avoid slipping.
- Watch out for the second train. Wait after the first train passes until you can see clearly in both directions.
- If you see a train coming, wait! Flashing lights or a lowering gate means a train is approaching. Do not proceed until the gates go completely up and the lights go off. It is illegal to go around lowered gates, whether on a bike, on foot or in a vehicle.