Bike Safety Tips for the Summer
THERE ARE OVER 130 MILES OF BIKE TRAILS IN LINCOLN BUT OVER HALF OF CYCLING FATALITIES HAPPEN ON STREETS.
THE LINCOLN–LANCASTER HEALTH DEPARTMENT ACTUALLY ENCOURAGES BIKERS TO STAY OFF OF THE SIDE WALKS.
"When you ride on the streets where, we prefer you to ride, not on the sidewalk. be sure to follow all the rules of the road just like a car does, and always ride in the same direction of traffic, you have to obey all the same traffic laws." Michael Heyl said.
DANA STEFANIDIS WITH WHEELIE GOOD BIKE SHOP SAYS THAT WHEN RIDING ON THE STREETS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS SIGNAL, JUST LIKE A CAR WOULD.
"if you're out on the surface streets, definitely use hand signals, it helps them know where you're going," stefanidis said.
WHEN APPROACHING A CROSS WALK, RULES HAVE CHANGED.. YOU CAN RIDE ACROSS NOW.. BUT MANY EXPERTS SAY IT'S STILL SAFER TO GET OFF AND WALK IT..
EITHER WAY, ALWAYS MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE AND MAKE DRIVER'S AWARE OF YOUR PRESENCE.
"it's really key when you come to those intersections that you try to get eye contact with the driver that way they are aware of you and they can see that you are trying to cross," Stefanidis said.
ALTHOUGH 75 PERCENT OF CYCLING FATALITIES HAPPEN AT OR NEAR A ROAD JUNCTION, IT IS IMPORTNAT TO BE AWARE OF CYCLISTS EVEN OFF THE ROADS.
BIKERS NEED TO WEAR PROPER SAFETY GEAR. BRIGHT CLOTHING CAN HELP A DRIVER SEE YOU, DAY OR NIGHT.
NEBRASKA LAW REQUIRES BIKERS TO HAVE A LIGHT ON THEIR BIKE AFTER DUSK AND BEFORE DAWN.
ONE PIECE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT THAT IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED IS A HELMET.
"if your helmet is older than five years after being in use they do expire and not a lot of people know that. it's like car seats, they don't last forever," Stefanidis said.
THE NUMBER ONE TIP FOR NOT ONLY DRIVERS BUT CYCLIST, IS TO BE AWARE. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND ALWAYS LOOK BOTH WAYS.