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Bicycle Safety Tips

Did you know that there were 677 reported pedal-cycle related fatalities in 2011? Amongst all pedal-cycle related fatalities alcohol was a related factor in nearly a quarter of all cases. It's important to remember to be careful when riding a bicycle. The following are a few tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for staying safe while riding a bicycle:

  1. Protect your head. Wear a helmet.
  2. Assure bicycle readiness. Make sure your bicycle is adjusted properly.
  3. Stop it. Always check brakes before riding.
  4. See and be seen.
  5. Avoid biking at night.
  6. Stay alert. Always keep a lookout for obstacles in your path.
  7. Go with the flow. The safe way is the RIGHT way.
  8. Check for traffic. Always be aware of the traffic around you.
  9. Learn the rules of the road. Obey traffic laws.
  10. Don't flip over your bicycle. Make sure that wheels are securely fastened.

Of course it should go without saying that it is a terrible idea to bike while intoxicated. You can actually be charged with a DUI if you do so. In short, biking can be a great alternative to driving a car as well as a terrific method for staying in shape. However, it's important to be proactive about safety and to use common sense when hitting the road.

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