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May 2015 Is National Bike Month

Steve Wagner

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, and on days when it’s not pouring down rain we’re starting to see people hitting the streets on their bicycles again! We are so excited by this trend, and by everything our city is doing to encourage biking to work, as well as the safety initiatives they promote to prevent accidents and injuries.

Keep a look out for the Wagner Reese team this May as we will be popping up at various National Bike Month events throughout the Indianapolis area to promote bike safety with some fun giveaways!

Two weeks from now is National Bike to Work Week (May 11th – 15th), as well as Indy’s Bike to Work Day (May 15th), and to show our support for this effort, we want to share with you some resources from the League of American Bicyclists, as well as from IndyCog, the Indianapolis Bicycle Advocacy Group.

LAB has created some amazing resources for you to raise awareness and get more of your friends and family on their bikes this summer, including this poster you can print off and hang in your workplace, infographics you can share on the most bike friendly cities, games, guides, & more!

They are also promoting several hashtags for you to use on your social media accounts: #biketowork, #biketoclass, #biketovote, & #biketoshop to name a few.

In addition to these efforts, IndyCog is challenging everyone to register for the National Bike Challenge on National Bike to Work Day. This event will be an entire day filled with food, guest appearances and speakers, and a city-wide effort to encourage safe biking habits, as well as join together a community of people who are already avid cyclists.

As part of our commitment to National Bike to Work Week, we want to remind and encourage everyone to remember that cyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as all other vehicles, but they are allowed just as much right to the road as anyone else. When you are biking, make sure you’re signaling turns correctly, staying in your lane, and following the rules of the road. Don’t assume that cars can see you; always make sure you are aware of your surroundings and that you are wearing bright clothing and reflectors.

If you are driving, stay alert and keep your eyes open for cyclists. They are often difficult to see, especially in dusky and dark hours. Take it slow around them, and don’t pass them unless you are in a passing zone and have adequate room.

If you have already been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the attorneys at Wagner Reese to find out how we can assist you with your potential claim.

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