Huntington Beach has become the first city in the state to offer traffic school for bicyclists who break the law.
The Police Department now gives cyclists the option in lieu of going to court and paying high fines.
Unlike driving traffic school, the Adult Bicycle Safety Program only takes two hours and is offered by the Police Department at City Hall, said Lt. Russell Reinhart.
Since the city began the program May 20, Reinhart said, most bikers who were pulled over took the traffic school option. On the first day, 10 people opted for the class, he said.
The department charges violators $50 to cover the cost of traffic school and waive any other fees or fines.
"It's a good deal," said Frank Yonemori, who rides his bike four to five times a week in the city.
The new policy does not apply to bikers caught riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said Police Chief Ken Small.