National Bike Month

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 January 2019 10:35

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2017
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
(509) 334-0802

National Bike Month

PULLMAN – May is National Bike Month and is celebrated in communities across the nation. Established in 1956 and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and a time to encourage more folks to give bicycling a try. The best way to celebrate is to get on a bike: ride to work, ride to school, ride to the grocery store, or just ride for the sheer joy of being outside.

The 2016 State Report Cards produced by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership lists Washington State with the highest score, and one of three states to be ranked in the highest category (saferoutespartnership.org). Some of the National Bike Month events include:

Pullman police officers will be on bike patrol May 10 around Pullman schools to promote bike safety with bike riding students. We ask drivers to be extra careful and to be on the watch for bicyclists. We encourage all bicyclists to follow these safety rules:

Follow the Law - Your safety and the public image of bicyclists depend on you.  You have the same rights and duties as drivers.  Obey traffic signals and stop signs.  Ride with traffic and use the rightmost lane in your direction of travel.

Be Predictable - Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road.  Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars.  Signal turns and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

Be Conspicuous - Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing.  Use a front white light, red rear light, and reflectors when visibility is poor.  Make eye contact with others.

Think Ahead - Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next.  Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars.  Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards.  Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

Ride Ready - Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride.

Wear a Helmet – Your best defense against serious injury.

For more information, visit, WABikes.org, bikeleague.org, and cascade.org.

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