Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bicycle safety

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FEATURE: Bicycle Safety Guidelines Help Promote Fun and Enjoyment

South Lake Tahoe, CA/NV…. Cycling season is here and each year increasing numbers of Lake Tahoe residents and visitors are choosing to ride their bicycles for commuting and recreation. Often the level of fun and enjoyment of riding a bicycle is in direct relationship to the safety and preparation of the bicycle and the ways in which people ride their bikes on the roads. To help foster and promote safer and more enjoyable cycling the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition has prepared ten bicycle safety guidelines to consider and follow. They are:
1. Keep your bike properly maintained. Before the beginning of your ride make certain your brakes and gears work properly and your tires are inflated. Store a tube patch kit and air pump in the event of a flat tire.
2. Wear a helmet. It is the law for persons under 18 years of age in the state of California.
3. Ride in the same direction as traffic flow. Do not ride against the traffic as it is illegal and highly dangerous.
4. Stop at all stop signs and red lights. You and the bicycle are a vehicle with the same rights and responsibilities as an automobile. Obey all vehicle laws.
5. Use proper hand signals when turning, stopping, or changing lanes.
6. Ride in a straight line and single file.
7. Use a light, reflectors, and reflective clothing during darkness. Lights and reflectors are the law for night use.
8. Ride to the right if you are moving slower than other traffic, unless you are turning left, passing another bicycle or vehicle, or avoiding hazards.
9. Do not wear headphones on both ears while riding.
10. Walk you bike when using a crosswalk.

For more information about cycling in Lake Tahoe visit the Bike Coalition’s web site at www.TahoeBike.org.

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