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 May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month

18-May-2017 May is National Bike Month! Established in 1956 and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is celebrated in communities nationwide to promote the benefits of bicycling. While the rewards of biking are many, please remember that regardless of age or ability all bicyclists should wear a properly fitted helmet while riding to help prevent a brain injury. For more information, download this step by step guide to properly fit a helmet.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers these important safety tips:

  1. All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.
  2. Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
  3. When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic.
  4. Drivers of motor vehicles need to share the road with bicyclists. Be courteous – allow at least three feet of clearance when passing bicyclists on the road, look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling from a parking space, and yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals.
  5. Be especially watchful for cyclists when making turns, either left or right.
  6. Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk. To be noticed when riding at night, use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light, and use retroreflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing.

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