5 common sense tips that will keep you safe on a bike this summer

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The snow has melted and the sun is peeking through the clouds, so Pump the tires and lube the chains – it’s bike season in Jackson! In celebration of the season, today Friends of Pathways and the Jackson Police Department offered some tips on how to stay safe while biking this summer. *1. DRESS FOR SUCCESS:* Wear bright colored clothing and always wear a helmet, many times they really do save lives. *2. BE AWARE:* Even when you have the right of way, expect that motorists and pedestrians may not see you and be prepared to take evasive action if needed. *3. OBEY THE RULES OF THE ROAD:* Every summer many, authorities receive complaints about cyclists not obeying the rules of the road, especially not stopping at stop signs and not having proper lights for night use. Traffic laws that apply to motor vehicles also apply to bicyclists. Those laws are in place for the safety of cyclists and motorists alike. In the interest of public safety, the police department will actively enforce applicable traffic laws for all modes of transportation. *4. LOCK YOUR BIKE:* The police department has already taken almost a dozen reports of stolen bicycles this spring. In the summer months, reports of stolen bicycles are received almost daily and sometimes multiple times per day. The common denominator in almost every case is that the bicycle was not locked up. Spend the few dollars to buy a lock and use it every time you leave your bike, even if you’re only going to be leave it for a few minutes. *5. REDUCE THE RISK FACTORS:* There are one of three factors that contribute to almost every serious bicycle accident in Jackson; inattention by either a motorist or cyclist, cyclist’s failure to obey traffic laws or signals or an intoxicated cyclist. #buckrail #news