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Officer Rodney Brown

Spring means many cyclists will be dragging out the bicycles, dusting them off, or perhaps learning for the first time.

That is why the North Platte Police Department would like to remind the public of a few tips.

Children riding bicycles create special problems for drivers because they are often inexperienced and not capable of proper judgment in determining traffic conditions.

On most roadways, bicyclists of any age have the same rights and responsibilities as other roadway users and often share the same lane. Bicyclists can be hard to see. The riders are exposed and easily injured in a collision.

Pay particular attention at intersections. Some tips are:

• The most common dangers are cyclist failing to yield the right of way to vehicles, or vice versa, and not riding with traffic the flow of traffic.

• The most common causes of collisions are drivers turning in front of an oncoming bicycle, or turning right, across the path of the bicycle. Wait for the cyclist to pass before attempting to turn.

• When passing a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction, do so slowly and leave at least a distance of at least 3 feet between you and the bicycle. Maintain this clearance until you have safely passed the bicycle.

• Watch for bicycle riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling, especially if the rider is a child.

• Take extra precautions in school zones and neighborhood areas where children and teenagers might be riding.

• Watch out for bikes coming out of driveways or from behind parked cars or other obstructions.

• Although safety helmets are not required by law they are a good precaution and prevent head injuries.

 Please be safe and follow the rules of the road.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/1/2014
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