Today at Berkeley Lab

Five Bicycle-Related Crashes at the Lab in the Last Six Months

The incidents took place between November 2017 and March 2018, with some resulting in serious injuries, including broken bones and concussions. It is critically important that all who share the road exercise caution for their own safety and the safety of others. Go here for tips on how drivers and cyclists can decrease roadway hazards.


  1. It would be helpful to see an analysis of the root causes of the crashes. What are the lessons learned? I’ve seen information published to the lab about one of the five but not the others.

  2. The linked article lists “some things you can do to help keep safe when riding”. You have to click on a link within that article to see the Bicycle Safety Policy, which says in bold letters that “All bicycle riders on Laboratory property must wear helmets”. So that is not a “thing you can do”, but a thing you must do. I’m told that the Lab has been cracking down on cyclists who don’t wear helmets. Outside the Lab, wearing a helmet is not legally required for cyclists age 18 or over, but is obviously a good idea, just as it is a good idea but not a legal requirement to “Wear close-fitting, brightly colored clothing” when bicycling.

  3. With a number of students riding around the lab without helmets on I’m surprised no one’s been killed yet. Sorry to have to call out the students, but it seems to be a growing trend.