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Sadie Says… Bicycle safety

Bicycle safety

Q: Can you update us on bicycle safety?

A: Be “In the Know” before you go!

A bicycle is a vehicle

Whether you ride for fun, exercise or transportation, you must follow the “rules of the road” — stop at stop signs, obey traffic signs/signals and go with the (traffic) flow.

Do not ride facing traffic

Not only is it unsafe to ride against traffic, it is against the law. Ride on the right, with traffic, where traffic expects to see you.

A driver may not see you

Bikes are smaller than cars and drivers are expecting to see larger vehicles, not bicycles. So make yourself visible. Wear bright reflective clothes — even in the daytime — and a helmet. Expect not to be seen.

Always wear a helmet

On city streets or bike paths, on pavement or dirt, in or away from traffic — a head injury is a head injury, regardless of where you ride. Anywhere, any ride — wear a helmet!

Arrested for DUI on a bicycle

If you bicycle under the influence of alcohol, prescription or over-the-counter medication or any drug or combination of drugs that impairs your ability to ride safely, you can be arrested for DUI.

If you ride “hands free,” against traffic, without a helmet, in dark colors or at night, impaired, “under the influence” of electronics or if you buzz through intersections, you are riding unsafely.

— Sadie Says is provided by the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coaltion.

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