Biking safety and biking safely

I am on staycation this week. I plan on spending time with my family, working around the house, golfing and spending time riding my bike.  Last year I rode about 4,400 miles. I ride alone most of the time but I also belong to the Stockton Bicycle Club and when I can I join in for a ride with the group.

While out nearly two months ago we had this unfortunate scene:

Rescue responds to a cycling accident just south of Fiddletown.

 

Several cyclists collided and went down. I was not in this group. We doubled back when another motorist notified us that some cyclists had fallen. One rider suffered a few broken ribs but no one else was that badly hurt.

When we ride we try to practice safe habits. We all wear helmets, ride as far to the right as practicable, ride single file when vehicles approach.

Below is a photo of Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston from Bike to Work Day in May.

Mayor Ann Johnston, center in green jacket, and others on Bike to Work Day. Photo CRAIG SANDERS/The Record

 

Johnston wore a helmet and high visibility colors. But as you can see, others did not wear helmets and are riding three across with traffic in the area.  Fortunately in this case no mishap happened. But if you’re going to bike, wear a helmet and be as safe as you can.

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