It is a Beautiful Day–Let’s Get Out the Bicycles!

family-bicyclingNow that nice weather is here again, people are out and about bicycling around town.  It is an excellent way to get where you are going and some great exercise at the same time.

It is important to consider safety when riding your bicycle.  First and foremost:  WEAR a helmet.  Set a good example for your children.  I have participated in investigations of bicycle crashes where riders were killed when they fell of their bike and their head hit a curb.  No vehicle was involved at all.  Helmets are serious business.

Secondly, traffic laws apply to bicycles too.  Section 257.657 of the Motor Vehicle Code  states:

Each person riding a bicycle…upon a roadway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to special regulations in this article and except as to the provisions of this chapter which by their nature do not have application.  This includes speed limits, stop signs and stop lights.

Bicyclists must ride with the direction of travel of motor vehicles–unlike pedestrians, bicycles must ride on the right half of the roadway and shall ride as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway.

A bicyclist must signal their turns using the standard hand signals and their stops.

For more information about these issues and more, go to www.LMB.org for more information.

Have a great summer on your bike!