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"Rules of the Road": Bicycle and Driver Safety

7:02 PM, May 11, 2011   |    comments
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Spring has sprung and that means more people are enjoying the nice weather and hopping on a bike.

With May being "National Bike to Work Month," 10News is reminding all drivers and bicyclists of the "Rules of the Road."

"Doc" with Greenlee Bicycle Shop has been busy. Warmer weather equals more people dusting off their bicycles.

Always, on the forefront of "Doc's" mind is safety.

"Cyclists have to realize they are playing a losing game. You have a 200 pound vehicle going up against a 3,500 pound car," said "Doc."

He puts great responsibility on drivers and bicyclists. Everyone needs to know the rules.

"The first new rule, is cars are supposed to give you three feet. 99% of motorists don't know it or don't care," explained "Doc."

The reason for the distance is to keep everyone safe.

Lt. Eve Thomas with the Knoxville Police Department works to make sure everyone is following the rules.

"Bicyclists, when you are on the road, you have to obey all the rules of the road. You stop at stop signs. You stop at traffic lights," said Lt. Thomas.

She said when you are on the sidewalk you must obey all pedestrian rules.

Other rules to follow for bikers are: wear a helmet with a mirror, use proper hand signals at all times, and don't weave in and out of traffic. Rules for drivers to be aware of: maintain a safe driving distance, and watch your honking.

"Honking terrifies most riders because they are not expecting it if they are riding with traffic," said "Doc."

In all, Lt. Eve Thomas said just pay attention and share the road, "We do need to share the road, especially with gas prices now you are going to find a lot more people on bicycles."

For more information visit websites for The Bike League, and CDC.

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