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Bicycle Safety Reminders

Steve Wagner

As gasoline prices skyrocket, bicycling is becoming more and more common, especially with the increase in warmer weather and the increasing number of bike lanes. However, even with the increase of bikes on our roadways, many drivers and bicyclists are still not aware of the rules of the road. As a result, the NHTSA reports that biking accidents take the lives of over 600 people each year, and injuring thousands of others.

With the changing of seasons, many commuters may be pulling their bicycles out of the garage and using them for their daily travels. Wagner Reese encourages everyone to refresh their memories on bicycle safety laws, as well as raise awareness for fellow bikers on the road.

When you’re driving, remember that cyclists have the same set of road rules to follow as anyone behind the wheel of a car- bicyclists must obey traffic lights, signs, and follow the same travel lanes as vehicles. Remember to always check your blind spots and keep your eyes open for bicycle riders, as well as give them ample space if you are passing one on the road.

You can raise awareness for safety by riding your own bicycle, bringing the topic of bicycle safety up in your conversations, encouraging local businesses to have parking and racks for bicycles, and encouraging your local lawmakers to consider designating bike lanes and additional signage for bike safety.

Check out this video from BicycleIndiana.org for some tips on bike safety, and remember to share the road to prevent bicycle accidents!

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