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Celebrate National Bike Month

Post Date:05/06/2019 4:00 PM

May is National Bike Month. With the arrival of spring weather, it is a great time to try cycling.

First, let’s talk safety. Whether you are traveling on two wheels or four, remember that everyone wants to get home safely, so please be courteous and follow the rules of the road. Safety benefits everyone and is the responsibility of all. Healthy Germantown offers these tips to help keep everyone safe.

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles and must move in the same direction as traffic and adhere to the same rules of the road as drivers of automobiles. This includes stopping at red lights and stop signs and yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalks.

  • Abrupt or unexpected turns can cause crashes. Be predictable. Always look for pedestrians and cyclists and use your turn signals or hand signals (for cyclists) to indicate when merging, passing or slowing.

  • The law requires automobiles to stay a minimum of three feet away from bicyclists when passing.

  • Automobiles are not allowed in bike lanes, but cyclists may ride in bike lanes or on the road.

  • It is legal for cyclists to take the full lane, but should be done only when necessary for cyclist safety. Two cyclists may ride side-by-side, but should get into single file when the road is safe enough to allow cars to pass safely and legally.

  • Motorists should use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions like nighttime or in bad weather and be patient when passing a cyclist on curves and hills where you cannot see oncoming traffic. Check every direction when backing up or opening car doors.

  • A front white light and rear red reflector and/or red light are required by law when cycling at night and are also recommended during the daytime.

  • Never ride or drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

  • The law requires helmets for cyclists under 16, but it is a smart practice for all ages.

  • On the Greenway, cyclists should use safe speeds (speed limit is 10 mph), keep right, pass left, yield to pedestrians and always be alert.

Looking for fun cycling activities? Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club offers challenges and weekly group rides in and around Germantown for all levels. Get details at www.memphishightailers.com.

The Wolf River Conservancy’s annual “Cycle the Greenway” fundraiser will take place on June 1. The event will start and end in Germantown and participants will ride distances ranging from 12 to 56 miles along routes that include the Germantown and Wolf River Greenways and streets around Germantown and Collierville. Learn more at wolfriver.org/cycle-the-greenway.

Don’t forget Germantown also offers bike share. Bicycles are available to rent at stations located at the Germantown Athletic Club and Cameron Brown Park for just $3 per hour. Download the Zagster app on your smartphone and start riding today. For more information, visit www.zagster.com/germantowntn

Already own a bike? Bikes Plus and the Peddler Bike Shop, both with locations in Germantown, offer full service maintenance to ensure your bike is properly fitted and outfitted and safe to ride.

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