As the weather warms up, more people are out and about leading to a rise in accidents. Corning Bike Works‘ co-owner, Margo Underwood, gave tips on how to ensure safety while riding with the ABC’s of cycling.
- A: Always on
- Bikes should have lights that are on whether riding in daylight or nighttime.
- B: Biomotion
- Cyclists must have either bright socks, shoes or a reflective band around the leg.
- C: Contrast
- Bright shirts, jackets and helmets are encouraged for cyclists so motorists will notice easily.
“To me, it is to distract distracted drivers,” Underwood said. “We run headlights and taillights during the day time and they’re flashing bright so that it’s a distraction to motorists, and please see me because I’m riding along.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 840 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes through the United States in 2016.
That number made up just 2.2 percent in traffic fatalities during the year.
New York State Law states drivers must give reasonable space for cyclists as they ride along vehicular traffic.
“I know there are cyclists that don’t obey the laws and there are motorists that do the same thing,” Underwood said. “It’s our hope that everybody gets on the same page.”
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