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					Bicycle Commuting
    Bike Safety


A Healthy Living Presentation
   by Alan Downs,   LCI #2173
             Bicycle Commuting
                 Bike Safety


                Materials Resources:
                League of American Bicycles
                     www.bikeleague.org
National organization with a mission to promote bicycling for
 fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy
          and education for a bicycle-friendly America.


                   Bicycle Alliance of MN
                       www.bikemn.org
 State organization whose mission is to provide leadership
   and a unified voice for bicycle education, advocacy and
efforts to make Minnesota more bicycle friendly so that more
             people will ride bicycles more often.
              Bicycle Commuting
                  Bike Safety


                    Did you know?

There are 50,000 miles of paved access for biking nationally.
            Goal is 7,000 miles for MN by 2011.


   Minnesota is number 2, behind Portland, for number of
                bicycling commuters – 3.8%


  Minnesota (#7)and Wisconsin (#2)compete for the most
                 bicyclist friendly states.


TREK [Taiwan] gave to their employees a 200% bonus last
      year due to the growth in the biking industry.
Bicycling Commuting
    Bike Safety
             Bicycle Commuting



To be Safest While Riding Remember this…
    Cyclists Fare Best
         When They Act and
             Are Treated as
                 Drivers of Vehicles
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Why Commute? List of Great Reasons
       Think Green
           – 5 mile commute equivalent to 2000 lbs of CO2
       Health
           – Convenient Means to Exercise
       Alertness
           – Improved Productivity
       Cost Savings
           – $.51 per mile for car vs. $.01 for biking
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How? To be effective:
The Bicycle
  a Bike that fits
  a Bike that is maintained
          – ABC QuickCheck

  a Bike that is properly equipped
          – Fenders, Racks
          – Lights, Visibility

  Enjoy the ride; consider a partner
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How? To be effective:
The Route - Options
   Bike Paths – GreenBelt, SW LRT, GateWay, SOO Line, etc.
   Streets:
             –   Wide Shoulders/ Bike Lane
             –   Traffic Volume; Share the Road
             –   Ride as far right as practicable
             –   Variety
   Resources:
             – Park, City, and County Maps
             – www.mapmyride.com
             – www.cyclopath.org !!!
             – www.bikeverywhere.com      (print map)
  Enjoy the ride; consider a partner
C F B W T A & A T A                        D O V
                                   Be Predictable
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How? To be Safe
Eight Rules of the Road
1. Bicyclists have the right to operate on all Minnesota
   streets, roads, and highways, except where restricted
   (i.e. freeways, sidewalks)
2. Bicyclists should ride on the road, and must ride in the
   same direction as traffic.
3. Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and
   signals.
4. Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right-or-way to
   each other.
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How? To be Safe
Eight Rules of the Road
5. Bicyclists should signal their turns and ride in a
   predictable manner.
6. Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors
   when riding in the dark. [recommend a flashing tail light.]
7. Always wear a helmet.
    Wear it properly.
How? To be Safe

8. Motorists must
   maintain a 3 ft.
   clearance when
   passing a
   bicyclist.


Yes, Safety has to
be mutual.
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How? To be effective:
The Gear
 Racks, Panniers
 Tool Bag, Tools
  Clothing
       – Helmet,
       – Visibility – reflective,
       – Biking Attire – layers, bad weather alternatives
                           Be Prepared
                         Exercise Pointers


 It is well documented that for every minute that you exercise, you add
  one minute to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an
  additional 5 months in a nursing home at 50,000 per month.

 I joined a health club last year, spent about 40,000 bucks. Haven't lost
  a pound. Apparently you have to show up.

 I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out
  what I'm doing.
                         Exercise Pointers


 I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy
  me.
 I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

 The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.

 If you are going to try cross-country biking, start with a small country
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When and What works for you?
Exercise Program
  We are all different and very busy
  Early morning
  After work, hmmm – Bike Clubs – www.biketcbc.org

Commuting
  Alternatives
  Park’n’Ride
  Bike and Bus or Train
Other Trips
  Visiting Friends
  Shopping
  Going to Worship…?
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Considerations
   Maintenance
   Gear
   Nutrition/Hydration
   Hygiene-   You can start out by busing in and biking home!




           Get Enthused – Healthy Living
                 Bicycling and Commuting


Bike Education with the Bike Walk Ambassadors and Bicycle Alliance
   of MN find out more at www.bikewalktwincities.org checkout the
   events and activities calendar.
Bike Walk Week is May 6 through 10 and Bike Walk to Work Day is
   May 14th Lots of great bikes and other prizes just for adding one
   bike or Walk trip that week. Form a team or on your own, register
   at www.bikewalkweek.org
Find a Bike Club or a riding partner
Forget the easy excuses
Questions:      ?

				
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