Cycling is a great way for people of all ages to get around as it's fun and provides exercise, though it can be dangerous if people aren't adhering to the proper safety precautions and rules of the road.
As the temperature rises, it's likely that drivers will start to see a lot more cyclists using the roadways.

Bicyclists can stay visible during the evenings with reflective clothing or by installing a light on their bike.

Tyler McMurchy with Media Relations Manager with SGI encouraged cyclists to brush up on the rules of the road. "All cyclists should wear a helmet, no matter their age. So parents could definitely do their part by encouraging their children to wear a hemlet and setting an example by wearing a helmet when they ride. And really make it clear that they shouldn't be riding their bicycle without a helmet."

McMurchy added that it's important for drivers to be aware of their surroundings, and to always keep an eye out for cyclists sharing the road.

"Drivers should use caution and courtesy whenever they are travelling anywhere bicyclists may be. So that means scanning the street in front of you, and checking your mirrors often. Driving with caution, especially at night. Watching for neon clothing, reflectors and lights."

Cyclists can also use arm signals to allow motorists to know what they are planning to do. To signal left, extend your left arm and point to the left. If you want to turn right, extend your right arm and point to the right. Alternately, you can also use your left arm bent with your hand towards the sky. If you want to signal a stop, extend your left elbow outward with your left hand pointing down.

 

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