AMES, Iowa –
April 30, 2013 –With the weather finally warming up, more and more of us, as
well as our friends and neighbors, will be pedaling down the streets on two
wheels. The Iowa Department of Transportation is joining the League of American
Bicyclists to promote May as National Bike Month.
your workplace or community for activities related to these dates:
If you are
heading out on two wheels, here are a few safety tips.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Wear bright colored
clothing, rather than dark colors, especially at dusk and dawn.
- Ride on the right. Ride in the right lane, except when passing another vehicle,
preparing for a left turn, or avoiding hazards.
- Never ride against
traffic. Always ride with the flow of traffic.
- Obey traffic signs and
signals. Use hand signals to advise motorists you plan to
turn, change lanes or stop.
- Make eye contact with
motorists. Never assume a motorist sees you or that you
have the right of way. Expect the unexpected such as: parked vehicles pulling
into traffic; vehicle doors opening into your path; and debris on the road.
- At night use a
headlight, taillight and reflectors.
motorists, safely sharing the road with bicycles includes the following:
- Do not honk your horn at
bicyclists. They may be startled and
- Use extra caution when
passing bicycles. Move entirely into the
left lane; on a two-lane road, do not pass a bicycle if oncoming traffic is
- Be aware that bicyclists
might swerve to avoid road hazards. Common road hazards for
bicyclists are potholes, debris, drainage grates, railroad tracks and narrow
- Be careful when opening
your vehicle door. Road widths often force
bicyclists to ride close to parked vehicles where they may be injured by an
- When in doubt, yield to
Kathy Ridnour at 515-239-1713 or firstname.lastname@example.org.