To the Editor:

Biking is a great activity to include in your quest to be physically active. We live in an area that has great opportunities for biking. It is just too bad that it is so cold for much of the year.

However, bicycling can be dangerous. Actually riding a bike has a higher risk of being killed or injured than riding in a car. What can bicyclists do to be safer on their bike?

Bicyclists and motorists use the same roadway.

One key to safety is for the cyclist and motorist to recognize that the road should be shared. Motorists can help promote safety by keeping alert for bicyclists and giving them enough room. Sometimes motorists don’t realize that the cyclist may be moving at a fairly fast speed. Motorists tend to concentrate more on the other cars and can lose track of the bicyclist.

Likewise, cyclists can promote safety by moving over for cars, obeying traffic signals, avoiding darting in and out of traffic, and giving motorists the right of way when appropriate.

Bicycle riders can reduce their chances of injury by following some common sense precautions. ...

— Dr. P. Michael Shattuck

Community Health Network

Berlin

To read the entire letter, see the June 12, 2014 edition of The Ripon Commonealth Press.

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