Importance Of Bicycle Safety
Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries. But bicycle safety is not just important for kids. Proper equipment is the first step any cyclist should take.
NC law requires anyone under 16 years of age to wear a helmet when riding. Parents should make sure that the helmets are properly fitted to the child’s head. If unsure how to properly fit a bicycle helmet, check with your local bicycle shop or click on the link below. When riding at night a light must be affixed to the front of the bicycle that can be seen from a distance of at least 300 feet. It must also have a reflex mirror or lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light which is visible for at least a distance of 200 feet.
Everyone who rides faces a risk from motorists and obstacles. It is best not to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk due to possible view obstructions and motorists not being able to see cyclists entering the roadway to cross.
When a motorist passes a cyclist, this is the time that is most dangerous if enough clearance is not given. A bicyclist staying to the right in their lane is accommodating the following drivers by making it easier to see when it is safe to pass, and easier to execute the pass.
Drivers wishing to pass a bicyclist may do so only when there is abundant clearance and no oncoming traffic is in the opposing lane. When passing a bicyclist, always remember the bicyclist is entitled to the use of the full lane.
|Bicyclist 15 and Under||107||12,000|
|Bicyclist 16 to 34||163||16,000|
|Bicyclist 35 to 54||262||10,000|
|Bicyclist 55 and Older||4,000|
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