Observation key for biking safety[MIGRATE]

By Public Affairs Office | July 25, 2013

News Brief

News Brief (Photo by Ramon E. De La O Sr.)

With the increase in temperature comes an increase in biking to work, for exercise or for recreation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this fun warm weather activity comes some risks: two percent of all traffic fatalities in 2010 were attributed to pedal cyclist accidents.

A Marine Corps survey stated that bicycle collisions with pedestrians or vehicles are the number one concern for the people who use them. Bicycles are a convenient and popular mode of transportation and a great alternative to walking or being stuck in traffic, plus it reduces the costs associated with automobiles.

When talking about bicycle safety, there are two main factors. First is to know how to ride in a given situation. Following the rules of the road and understanding how to navigate some of the hazardous situations will help minimize the chances of a mishap. Second is the ability to see and be seen. Reflective gear, lights, and markers allow other drivers and pedestrians to see cyclists and take appropriate actions so both can travel safely.

For more information visit the safety website http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/StaffAgencies/SafetyCenter.aspx