As the weather gets warmer, more and more Delawareans are hopping on their bikes for recreation and as modes of transportation to and from work.
And Delaware State Police are reminding bicyclists how to say safe and obey laws while riding.
State Police say to stay safe, bicyclists must follow the rules of the road.
“Drivers and bicyclists are expected to observe traffic rules - and this includes stop signs and red lights and also, to never ride against the flow of traffic,” said DSP Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.
Jaffe says in some communities like Rehoboth and Lewes, bicyclists are allowed to ride on the sidewalk along the Route 1 corridor.
However, they just must yield to pedestrians,” said Jaffe.
But Jaffe notes in certain towns, local ordinances do prohibit bikes on sidewalks.
“My advice is - to know before you go. So what town you’re going to be in may be different," said Jaffe. "And also to avoid riding while distracted - much like you would if you were driving in a car. This means your cell phone; it would be great to pull safely off the roadway to check your phone.”
Jaffe adds bicyclists should consider adding lights to their bikes so motorists can see them - especially at night.
“It’s certainly important for bicyclists who are riding in the dark. So we encourage you to take some steps to ensure that motorists can see you while you’re riding. And this would include things like adding white front lights and red back lights to your bike; plus wearing reflective tape or clothing; it’s certainly important that you’re not wearing all dark clothing where a driver can’t see you," Jaffe said.
Jaffe says the DSP Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) is outfitting bicycles with the proper lighting - for free - by appointment. Lights are available at Troop 7 in Lewes, while supplies last.
She reminds cyclists that ignoring the rules of the road can lead to injuries that would have otherwise been preventable.
And Jaffe notes bicyclists should never ride against the flow of traffic, because it may surprise drivers and pedestrians.