Warm weather means bicyclists, drivers sharing the road

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN)– Bike safety experts warn drivers and bicyclists to take precaution while sharing the road.

The first day of Spring revealed more people hitting the bike paths across the Miami Valley.

Ken Bish is a volunteer bike patrol member at Greene County Parks and Trails. He said he has noticed some drivers aren’t respectful of bicyclists on the roadway, “Sometimes you just have to claim your lane because there is no place to ride safely on the side– particularly on country roads.”

Before anything, Bish suggested buying and wearing the number on key to safety– a helmet.

“They can repair bones, but if you get a head injury that can be very bad.”

Chris Polites and his son Matthew were riding bicycles along a trail in Beavercreek.

“Every time we get on the bike, both of us put our helmets on. My wife is the same way. Just very careful about helmet safety,” Polites said.

As a driver, “I definitely look out for bikes. I’m really careful about not talking on the phone or texting when I drive.”

Not all drivers make that effort, which is why Bish said it’s important to wear bright clothing, especially at night.

Bish also said drivers should always keep their eyes peeled, “So you be aware of the bikers, and respect them– and the bikers must do the same with the cars.”

He said accidents can always occur, “Sometimes somebody makes a bad mistake. It happens out on the highway with cars, it happens on sidewalks.”

According to Bish, being prepared is a bicyclists’ best defense.

“If you’re in  any kind of an incident with a car, you as the biker are going to lose, so that’s your incentive to be very aware of what you’re doing. Be smart, be very careful, and do every safety precaution that you can use.”

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