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 Bicycling and Commuting 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 Bicycling and Commuting 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 Bicycling and Commuting 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 Bicycling and Commuting 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. Bicycling and Commuting 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. Bicycling and Commuting 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 Bicycling and Commuting 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…? Bicycling and Commuting 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: ?