Since 1956, the month of May has been National Bike Month. It's a time
to showcase the benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give
it a try. Many people use bicycling as their primary mode of transportation
and regularly bike to work or school. Bicycling frequently is a great
form of exercise and is also good for the environment.
According to The League of American Bicyclists, bicycle commuting rates
in bicycle-friendly communities increased up to 80 percent from 2000 to
2011. In all communities throughout the United States, bicycling trips
more than doubled - from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009.
If you plan on getting out and biking this month, be sure to implement
the following safety tips to maximize your chances of a smooth ride:
- The distance between a bicyclist and a motorist should be at least 3 feet.
- Riders under the age of 16 must wear a bicycle helmet.
- If traveling at a speed slower than traffic, ride as close as possible
to the right ledge of the roadway.
- Always use bike lanes when they are available.
- When riding on a sidewalk, watch out for pedestrians and always yield the
right of way to them.
- In Florida, bicycles are considered vehicles too, so the same drinking
and driving laws apply.
Roman & Gaynor encourages you to get out and bike during National Bike
Month! Remember to stay safe by following the rules of the road and staying
alert at all times.