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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.

In St Cloud, the numbers for the last year were 2 severe crashes and one death. That was on top of a number of other less sever injuries. It also should be kept in mind that St. Cloud Police Sgt. Jeff Janssen says bicycle crashes tend to be underreported.

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.

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