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Avoid accidents with bicycle safety tips

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The University of Colorado’s student newspaper published a story today about bicycle accidents with motorists, and how cyclists can avoid them. TheCampusPress.com reports that, because of the broad popularity of cycling as transportation in Boulder, the city has more than its share of bicycle accidents.

The Boulder Police Department says that many of these accidents happen because motorists don’t notice cyclists, and cyclists don’t make themselves noticeable on the roads. If both motorists and cyclists would be more aware and cautious, many of the accidents could be avoided.

Here are the article’s recommendations for cyclists:

General Bicycle Safety Tips

-Always wear a helmet. Bicycle helmets can reduce head injuries by 85 percent.

-Use hand signals to indicate which direction you want to turn.

-Be aware and alert at all busy intersections. Make yourself known to motorists.

-Have reflectors or lights when riding at night.

-Pass on the left, and be ready to hit the brakes. Keep a good passing distance.

-Be aware and leave room for motorists trying to make right-hand turns.

-The paths in Boulder have 15 mph speed limits; follow the speed guidelines.

-Don’t wear headphones when riding, and yield to traffic when entering roadways.