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Bicycle Safety Month

Police Chief Robert Flannelly wants parents to know that May is bicycle-safety month. The following safety reminders are provided:
  • Always wear an approved bicycle safety helmet. Protect your head from serious injury by always wearing when riding
  • Stop and check for traffic before you enter a street from a driveway, parking lot, or sidewalk
  • Avoid riding after dark, or if the weather is bad. All cyclists are at risk during the hours of darkness
  • Obey traffic signs, signals, and pavement markings. Obeying the law can keep you out of many hazardous driving situations
  • Ride on the right-hand side of the street. Move with the flow of traffic
  • Be extra careful making a left turn. Vehicles approaching or following you donít expect you to go left and often donít see left-turning cyclists
  • Slow down when you approach intersections. Stop, look, and listen at "Stop" signs. Walk your bike across busy intersections and streets
  • Give cars and pedestrians the right-of-way. Not only is it an act of courtesy, but itís safer, too
  • Avoid broken pavement, litter, loose gravel, mud, or leaves. Any of these can cause you to lose control of your bike
  • Help other drivers to see you. Wear light or brightly-colored clothes. A Day-glo flag on a 6-foot flexible staff on your bike warns motorists of your presence.
  • On streets where cars are parked, watch for car doors on the roadway side unexpectedly opening
  • When riding with a group, form a single line on the right-hand side of the roadway, and ride one bike length apart
  • Carry packages in a basket, carrier, or back-pack, and keep both hands on the handlebars
  • Keep your bike in good repair. Check tire pressure and adjust loose parts weekly. Clean and lightly oil moving parts regularly. Store your bike indoors if possible
  • Donít take chances. Watch what is going on around you.

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