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| Bradshaw & Bryant PLLC

Members of a Minnesota Bike riding organization will be paying tribute to the bicycle riders that have been killed on the Minnesota roads this Saturday. The Memorial Ride to Honor Fallen bicyclists will begin at 11 a.m. at Snelling and Summit avenues in St. Paul.

With recent studies showing that, while overall road deaths have dropped in Minnesota, death by bicycle riders has grown at an alarming rate. The staff at the Injuryboard has looked at the important issue of bike safety in the past. It’s important to reprint the 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 the memorial will not only honor those that have died, but that it will also remind people of the need for safety.

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