Cohasset Police Division Reminds Motorists to ‘Share the Highway’ as A part of Bay State Bike Month
COHASSET — Police Chief William Quigley and the Cohasset Police Division wish to remind motorists to “share the street” with bicyclists as a part of Bay State Bike Month.
September is Bay State Bike Month in Massachusetts, which is a time when riders across the state are inspired to take part in bike challenges, fundraisers and varied different occasions.
“We’ve a really strong biking group right here in Cohasset, and with so many individuals driving this time of 12 months it will be significant for each motorists and bicyclists to be alert and at all times obey the principles of the street,” Chief Quigley stated. “We urge everybody to evaluate these vital security suggestions, irrespective of if you’re getting behind the wheel or driving your bike by city.”
The Cohasset Police Division wish to remind bicyclists of the next security suggestions, courtesy the National Safety Council:
All the time examine your bike previous to driving:
- The seat must be adjusted to the correct peak and locked in place.
- Make sure all elements are safe and dealing correctly.
- Test that the tires are inflated correctly.
- Be certain that the bike is provided with reflectors on the rear, entrance, pedals and spokes.
- A horn or bell, a rear-view mirror and a shiny headlight are additionally really useful.
Make sure drivers can see you:
- Put on neon, fluorescent or different shiny clothes.
- Every time doable, journey through the day.
- In the event you should journey at evening, put on reflective clothes and use flashing lights.
All the time put on a helmet:
- Helmets applicable for bicycling must be worn by everybody – adults and kids – on each bike journey whatever the size of the journey.
- Make sure the helmet is licensed by the Client Product Security Fee.
Comply with the principles of the street:
- Get acquainted with visitors legal guidelines; bicyclists should comply with the identical guidelines as motorists.
- Journey single-file within the course of visitors.
- Stay alert, maintain your head up and go searching; look ahead to opening automobile doorways and different hazards.
- Use hand alerts when turning and use additional care at intersections.
- By no means hitch onto vehicles.
- Earlier than getting into visitors, cease and look left, proper, and left once more and over your shoulder.
Moreover, Cohasset Police share the next suggestions for motorists, courtesy the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Drivers ought to at all times “share the street” with bike riders. Individuals on bicycles have the identical rights and tasks as individuals behind the wheel of a car.
- Yield to bicyclists as you’d motorists and don’t underestimate their velocity. This can provide help to keep away from delivering entrance of a bicyclist touring on the street or sidewalk, typically at an intersection or driveway.
- In parking tons, at cease indicators, when backing up, or when parking, search your environment for different automobiles, together with bicycles.
- Drivers turning proper on pink ought to look to the fitting and behind to keep away from hitting a bicyclist approaching from the fitting rear. Cease utterly and look left-right-left and behind earlier than turning proper on pink.
- Obey the velocity restrict, cut back velocity for street circumstances and drive defensively to keep away from a crash with a bicycle owner.
- Give cyclists room. Don’t cross too intently. Cross a motorcycle as you’d some other car — when it’s secure to maneuver over into an adjoining lane.
MassBike is a statewide non-profit group devoted to selling a bicycle-friendly surroundings and inspiring bicycling for enjoyable, health and transportation. Click here to go to the MassBike web site.
Click here to be taught extra in regards to the alternatives for bicyclists throughout Bay State Bike Month, together with info on MassBike’s premier occasion, the MassCommute Bicycle Problem.