At the May 4 meeting of the Village of Riverside Board of Trustees, President Ballerine proclaimed the month of May 2023 as Bike Month in the Village. Riverside is a unique community with many trails, streets, and parks for bicycling. National Bike Month is recognized in May on an annual basis by the League of American Bicyclists and is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of cycling and encourage more people to give biking a try.
As we kick off Bike Safety Month, it’s important to review basic safety tips before hitting the road on two wheels. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or a recreational rider, taking precautions and following safety guidelines can make a difference in avoiding accidents and injuries.
First, make sure your bike is in good condition. Before you hit the road, check your brakes, tires, and chain to ensure they are functioning properly.
Bicycles are considered vehicles and cyclists are required to follow the same rules of the road as drivers.
Here are some simple tips for bicyclists and motorists to remember as biking season begins:
Tips for Bicyclists:
- Always wear a properly-fitted helmet that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.
- Check your bike equipment before heading out: check for proper fit and function, including tires, brakes, handlebars and seats.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic, as a vehicle on the road.
- Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings; signal all turns; and follow local laws.
- Be predictable; ride in a straight line and use hand signals when changing lanes or turning.
- Stay focused; look ahead for traffic and obstacles in your path.
- Be visible: wear bright colors, reflective materials and lights on your bicycle at night and in low light conditions.
- Stay alert: don’t use electronic devices.
- Ride safe; riding impaired by alcohol or drugs affects your judgment and skill; it affects your safety and others on the road
Tips for Motorists:
- Pass bicyclists on the road with care; allow at least three feet clearance.
- Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space.
- Yield to bicyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals.
- Look for bicyclists before making turns, either left or right.
- Respect designated bicycle lanes; don’t use them for parking, passing or turning.
- Never drive distracted or impaired. Always buckle up.