Locals Save Money By Pedaling To Work


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) With high gas prices and an economic recovery people are keeping their cars at home and pedaling to work and school to save money.

Americans across the country are hitting the streets, not with their vehicles rather their bikes.

"I don't own a car, don't want to own a car, no use for a car, I don't like the expense. The bike gets me to where I need to go, maybe a little slower but it always gets me to where I need to go” said Kevin Coon, Biker.

Spoke and Wheel in Twin Falls, is seeing an increase of locals updating their bikes and jumping on their two-wheelers.

"There is a hardcore small group of people who have tried it and decided this isn't dangerous, this is actually fun and it gets me going in the morning and it’s a healthy lifestyle” said Mike McAuley Manger, Spoke and Wheel.

McAuley says, bikers need to have a mindset of riding defensively and being aware of your surroundings.

"The most important thing we have to realize there is five or six hundred thousand kids and bicyclist a year get injured. What we need you to do if you're going to ride your bike, have reflective clothing on so people can see you. Drivers need to be aware that this time of year it's getting darker and need to be more aware of the bicyclist paying attention when coming up to the intersections” said Sgt. Jay Gardner, Jerome Police Department.

“If you haven't tried it don't be afraid to try it. Get out there and do it for a week or two and see for yourself, don't just let it be something that someone says this is dangerous this town is crazy, try it before you diss it."

An exercise activity that can save you money and keep you active.

Bike Safety Tips:

1. Obey traffic signs and signals - Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles.

2. Never ride against traffic - Motorists aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. State law and common sense require that bicyclists drive like other vehicles.

3. Follow lane markings - Don't turn left from the right lane. Don't go straight in a lane marked “right-turn only.”

4. Don’t pass on the right - Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.

5. Scan the road behind you - Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders use rear-view mirrors.

6. Keep both hands ready to brake - You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet.

7. Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones - Always wear a helmet. Never wear a headphone while riding a bike.

8. Dress for the weather - In rain wear a poncho or waterproof suit. Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Wear bright colored clothing.

9. Use hand signals - Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection.

10. Ride in the middle of the lane in slower traffic - Get in the middle of the lane at busy intersections and whenever you are moving at the same speed as traffic.

11. Choose the best way to turn left – There are two choices: (1) Like an auto: signal to move into the left turn lane and then turn left. (2) Like a pedestrian: ride straight to the far side crosswalk. Walk your bike across.

12. Make eye contact with drivers - Assume that other drivers don't see you until you are sure that they do. Eye contact is important with any driver which might pose a threat to your safety.

13. Look out for road hazards - Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice, sand or debris. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

14. Use lights at night - The law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet ahead) and a rear reflector or taillight (visible up to 300 feet from behind).

15. Keep your bike in good repair - Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly. Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself.

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