BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – It’s no secret that many Vermonters love their bike rides especially as the weather gets nicer. Local bicycle experts share some important safety tips to enjoy spring days on wheels.
“Oh my goodness we’re biking all the time,” said Lucia Campriello of Burlington.
And as the weather gets nicer, more and more bikers take to paths, parks, and the road.
“I like the idea of going out and exploring the woods and seeing new places,” said Brent Detamore of Easton, N.H.
But before you dust off your bike from its winter hibernation you should take a closer look. JP Coseno of North Star Sports says you should also see how old your helmet is because they have a shelf life of around 5 years.
“Tires are deflated, they haven’t checked the bike over so it could be shifting, things of that nature,” adds Coseno.
Mary-Catherine Graziano of Local Motion says, the job of a bike rider is to be aware, predictable, and visible.“When you’re riding, keep an eye out for all the potential hazards and hazards include people driving, that’s the biggest hazard,” said Graziano.When riding near cars, Graziano says you should use hand signals when turning on an intersection, ride in a straight line as opposed to threading the needle, and filter your way into traffic when necessary.“If you don’t my suggestion would be to get off your bike, and become a pedestrian at that intersection. That’ll slow you down and you are still predictable,” said Graziano.Graziano and Coseno both […]