Roberta’s Rules

January 8, 2019 § 9 Comments

Roberta Walker, a local Bicycle Advocate and Executive Director of the Encinitas 101, was hit from behind while riding on Hwy 1 in front of the Leucadia Post Office on Saturday, December 8th. Her injuries are severe.

Roberta faces a long recovery.

My good friend Michael Marckx has been a board member of Leucadia 101 for seven years, and has been active in North County San Diego’s cycling community, to put it mildly, from the moment he relocated there from the South Bay.

Roberta’s collision led Michael to spearhead the creation of a simple list of riding rules that the community’s cyclists can implement and encourage others to adopt. It’s simple, elegant, friendly, and for those of us over 50, easy to remember … which is yuge.

Roberta’s Rules aren’t just for North County San Diego. They’re for everywhere that bikes and cars are traffic.



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§ 9 Responses to Roberta’s Rules

  • Joe Clement says:

    Did you post this on Facebag? I’d like to repost it on our club’s web page. Would be nice to do before I go to the pre-trial hearing for the guy who killed a local pediatrician last spring.

    • fsethd says:

      Hi, Joe

      I didn’t, but will go ahead and do so. It will be on the FB Cycling the South Bay page.

  • Thanks Seth! Og course, I feel her pain acutely. I shared on my FB page and will do so on SABA’s. People are asking if they can see a larger version of the rules. Is there any way to post the rules in a separate link that opens and then is larger and more readable?

  • Winty Singh says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I hope it’s ok to re-post on social and blogs.

    One of the great challenges is educating drivers about the 3-foot passing requirement, but they often face few if any repercussions when they pass too close as well.

  • Brian Keller says:

    Thanks Seth! I’m sharing this with my local cycling club, RABA in richmond.

  • downwinder says:

    I heard about a new law:
    Bicycle hit-and-run on bike path (AB 1755, Steinorth): The provisions of the felony hit-and-run law are extended to cyclists on Class I bikeways (bike paths). Currently, in the California Vehicle Code, a driver involved in a collision resulting in death or injury to another party is required to stop at the scene. This law clarifies that the same vehicle code also applies on Class I bikeways and allows law enforcement to hold individuals accountable for reckless behavior.

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