Spring is in the air and bicycles are on the road. Whether you are a motorist, a bike commuter, a casual rider or a pedestrian, we all have a responsibility to keep each other safe. National bicycling movement PeopleForBikes, with the support of Volkswagen of America, recently unveiled its "Roll Together" campaign to correspond with National Bike Month.
The Roll Together campaign asks both bicyclists and drivers to be aware of each other on the road. The campaign strives to make the connection between four wheels, two wheels and the sharing of one road. "No one is perfect. We are all human, and we all make mistakes out on the road," said Bruno Maier, vice president of PeopleForBikes. "This campaign is about acknowledging the fact that we can all do better, whether we are bicyclists, drivers, or both. Let's treat each other like we all know each other."
For bicyclists, it is always good to be reminded of basic safety tips. Simple tips for biking smart include:
• Always wear a helmet
• Ride with traffic
• Obey traffic laws
• Be predictable
• Be visible
• Yield to pedestrians
Initiatives such as National Bike Month and the Roll Together campaign help to raise awareness; however incidents continue to occur despite these efforts. This past weekend in Indianapolis, another bicyclist was involved in a hit and run accident. Sadly the bicyclist did not survive the injuries he sustained in the accident. Please let this tragic accident serve as a reminder to be aware of others on the road and offer them respect.