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Tomorrow, is Bike to Work Day. Going back to the 70’s the significance of the day has varied. It is interesting to see how the economy and in particular the price of gas has increased the interest of those that ride as a necessity. Some states have expanded the idea to a whole week or even a whole month.

Hopefully, the event will increase the safety of riders out on the road. It’s important to keep in mind the following recommendations.

General Bicycle Safety Tips

-Always wear a helmet. Bicycle helmets can reduce head injuries by 85 percent.

-Use hand signals to indicate which direction you want to turn.

-Be aware and alert at all busy intersections. Make yourself known to motorists.

-Have reflectors or lights when riding at night.

-Pass on the left, and be ready to hit the brakes. Keep a good passing distance.

-Be aware and leave room for motorists trying to make right-hand turns.

-The paths in Boulder have 15 mph speed limits; follow the speed guidelines.

-Don’t wear headphones when riding, and yield to traffic when entering roadways.

The hope is that as we go into another season of riding that people will be reminded of the need for safety. Bike and vehicle collisions usually aren’t small, it’s important that we do all that we can to prevent them.

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