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Annual Bike to School Day underway across the country

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

You could see extra bicycles during your commute Wednesday as students throughout the state participate in the second annual Bike to School Day.

The event raises awareness of the benefits of riding your bike to school.

18 schools in our state, including Ridgewood Elementary in Winterville, plan to participate this year. Nearly 950 schools across the country took part in the first event in 2012.

May is also national bike month.

NCDOT offers the following safety tips for bicyclists:

  • Always wear a bicycle helmet;
  • Ride on the right-hand side of the road, in the same direction as other vehicles;
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals;
  • Properly signal all movements and make sure movements can be made safely;
  • Yield to drivers and pedestrians, as appropriate; and
  • When riding at dawn, dusk or night, use extra caution. Be sure to use a headlight visible from a distance of 300 feet and a red reflector visible at a distance of 200 feet, as well as wear reflective clothing.

NCDOT also urges motorists to follow these safety tips when encountering bicyclists:

  • Keep a lookout for oncoming bicyclists when turning left and wait for them to clear the intersection before completing your turn;
  • After passing a bicyclist on your right, take care not to cut them off by immediately turning right in front of them;
  • Slow down when passing a bicyclist to make sure the rider is aware of your presence and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the bicyclist;
  • Stay alert for bicyclists who suddenly swerve or turn in front of you; and
  • Yield to bicyclists, when appropriate, as you would for other motor vehicles.
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