Warm weather brings out cyclists; local sheriff’s office urges drivers to be on guard as they hit roads across the region

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A woman wears a protective mask and gloves, due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, as she bicycles through busy traffic in downtown Lawrence, Mass., Tuesday, May 5, 2020. During late April 2020, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker extended the closure order of state’s nonessential businesses and urged people to remain home until at least May 18th to stop the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – As the warm summer months continue, more people are getting their bicycles out of their garage to enjoy some time outdoors.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is alerting drivers to be on guard for cyclists as they hit area roads to enjoy a ride with family and friends.

They say that bike riding has increased over the last several years in the county as well as in Rocky Mount.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has organized information regarding safe ways to ride your bike. Those informational tips include:

  • Ride with traffic.
  • Stop and look both ways before entering the street.
  • Stop at all intersections.
  • Before turning, use hand signals and look all ways.
  • Ride defensively – anticipate the actions of other road users and watch for road hazards.
  • Pass vehicles with extreme care as turning vehicles may not be able to see you.
  • Be aware of motor vehicle blind spots while riding or when stopped at an intersection.
  • Walk your bicycle when you get into traffic situations beyond your cycling abilities.
  • Exercise great caution when riding in bus traffic – watch out for buses pulling to and from cubs and passengers getting on and off buses.
  • Park your bicycle so you do not block sidewalks, disabled accesses, building accesses or emergency lanes.

For more information about bicycle safety from the DMV, click here.

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