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May is Bicycle Safety Month

Each year, May is recognized as Bicycle Safety Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 846 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2019. A lot of these crashes can be avoided if motorists and bicyclists use caution on the road.

For bicyclists, the NHTSA offer these tips:

  • Always wear a properly-fitted helmet that meets Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards
  • Check your bike equipment before heading out
    • Check for proper fit and function, including tires, brakes, handlebars and seats
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings
  • Follow local laws
  • Ride in a straight line and use hand signals when changing lanes or turning
  • Look ahead for traffic and obstacles in your path
  • Wear bright colors, reflective materials and lights on your bicycle at night and in low light conditions
  • Do not use electronic devices
  • Do not ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs

These tips are offered for motorists:

  • Pass bicyclists on the road with care; allow at least 3’ clearance
  • Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space
  • Yield to bicyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals
  • Watch for bicyclists before making turns, either left or right
  • Respect designated bicycle lanes; don’t use them for parking, passing, or turning
  • Never drive distracted or impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Always buckle up

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