Each year over 50,000 bicyclists are injured and 500 are killed in traffic related accidents. Learn safety so that you don't become one of the statistics.
Bike Related Injuries and Bike Safety Tips
In 2009, The U.S. Department and Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report that there were 630 Bike related deaths and another 51,000 bike related injuries. The deaths accounted for 2% of all traffic related deaths that year. These numbers increase by 5% from the previous year. Many of these bike injuries and deaths may have been prevented if more people practiced bike safety.
Bike Safety Tips
Bike Hand Signals
You should use your left hand for bike signals.
Turning Left - To signal traffic that you are going to make a left turn on your bike, hold your left arm, shoulder length, staright out to the left side of your body. .
Turning Right - To signal traffic that you are going to make a right turn on your bike, hold your left arm out and bend it at the elbow at a 90 degree angle, pointing your hand pointing towards the sky.
Stopping - To signal traffic that you are going to stop bike, use the same signal as a right turn but point your hand down towards the ground instead of up towards the sky.
- Slow down when sharing the road with bicyclists.
Bike Celebrations in May
- National Bike Month
- Ride Your Bike To Work Day
Check to see what is going on in your local community for National Bike Month and Bike To Work Day.
Ideas for celebrating Bike Month
- Donate an old or new bike to a non profit organization.
- Ride your bike to work.
- Join a cycling group.
- Orangize a group of volunteers to clean up a local bike trail.
- Take a bike safety course.
- Make a $75 bike gift donation to Red Cross. The $75 provides a Red Cross volunteer with a bike, which is used to travel roads (that cars can’t) to educate families about protecting themselves against diseases and disasters. Visit redcross.org to donate a bike gift.
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