Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

Bicycle and E-Bike Safety

SVUSD would like to remind our students and families about the importance of bicycle and helmet safety and what all drivers can do to help keep kids safe on our roads.  The following are bicycle safety and driving tips and videos from OCSD.

When arriving on campus, please walk your bicycle; riding bicycles, skateboards, or skates is not permitted on SVUSD campuses. 

There are three classes of E-Bikes available. Individuals riding a class 3 E-Bikes must be 16 years of age and wear a helmet. Parents, please ensure your child is riding an appropriate E-Bike for their age and skill level. 

For Bicycle Riders (parents and children):

  • Follow the RULES OF THE ROAD
  • Practice bike safety
  • Wear properly-fitted bicycle helmets at all times
  • Always model safe riding behavior when riding with children
  • Always check your bike before riding
  • Spend time riding with younger riders to teach them safe riding skills
  • Plan and practice a safe route to school with your child before allowing them to ride
  • Ride your bike on the right side of the street in the SAME direction as traffic
  • Riders and passengers should only ride on a permanent seat of a bicycle, never on the pegs or handle bars
  • Learn and use proper hand signals when riding
  • Avoid using cell phones or other distracting devices when riding your bicycle
  • Bicycles must be walked on campus and locked in the bicycle storage area

For Drivers:

  • Be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists in and around schools (SVUSD tells drivers around schools, “They aren’t always looking for you, so please look for them.”)
  • Comply with school drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Stop for a school bus with red flashing overhead lights (does not apply to divided roadways)
  • Follow the rules of the road and avoid using cell phones or other distracting devices while driving
  • Slow down and observe all speed limits in and around schools

Crosswalks and Crossing Guards:

  • If a crossing guard is present, enter a crosswalk only when directed to do so
  • Bicyclists should get off their bikes and walk in crosswalks
  • Drivers should never enter a crosswalk until pedestrians and bicyclists are on the sidewalk