May is National Bicycle Month

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.  Celebrate by peddling to work this month, explore your community by bike or plan a family bicycle outing.

There are wonderful trails to explore in North Georgia.  Ride along the Viking Trail on the beautiful Berry College campus or the river path in Downtown Rome that offers a paved trail from Heritage Plaza to State Mutual Stadium.  For information about the Silver Comet trail and maps visit http://www.silvercometga.com/.

Learn more at Georgia Bikes! http://www.georgiabikes.org/

Five Steps to Riding Better provided by the League of American Bicyclists:

1. Follow the Rules of the Road
• Ride with traffic and obey the same laws as motorists.
• Use the rightmost lane that heads in the direction that you are traveling.
• Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs, lights, and lane markings.
• Always look back and use hand and arm signals to indicate your intention to stop, merge or turn.

2. Be Visible
• Ride where drivers can see you.
• Wear brightly colored clothing at all times.
• At night, use a white front light and red rear light or reflector. Wear reflective tape or clothing.

3. Be Predictable
• Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars.
• Make eye contact with motorists to let themknow you are there.
• Do not ride on the sidewalk.

4. Anticipate Conflicts
• Be aware of traffic around you and be prepared to take evasive action.
• Learn braking and turning techniques to avoid crashes.
• Be extra alert at intersections.

5. Wear a Helmet
• Make sure that the helmet fits on top of your head, not tipped back or forward.
• After a crash or any impact that affects your helmet, visible or not, replace it immediately.

Teaching your child to ride a bike is a rewarding experience.  For tips and to learn more visit :

http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/teach_kids.php

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