Advisory: County Executive and Police Commissioner remind residents of the importance of bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Portrait Of Young Male Cyclist; OutdoorsSuffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber joined Jim Nostrum, founder of Long Island Cyclist and Runners for Safety, and resident Jennifer Callaghan today to remind residents of the importance of bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Bicycling is fun and healthy, but bicycle crashes can cause serious injury or death.  There are a number of things bicyclists can do to prevent a crash:

Wear a Bicycle Helmet. Although all bicyclists under the age of 14 are required to wear approved bicycle helmets when operating or riding as passengers on bicycles in New York State, everyone – at every age – should wear bicycle helmets.

See and Be Seen.  Always make yourself visible to others and wear bright colors while riding.  When riding at night, use reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle. White front lights and red rear reflectors or lights are required by law.

Follow the Rules of the Road.  Bicycles are considered vehicles throughout the country and bicyclists have the same responsibilities as motorists to follow the rules of the road. When riding, always go with the traffic flow, obey all traffic laws and yield to traffic.

Stay Alert at All Times.  Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. Listen for traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t use personal electronics when you ride.  Staying alert is especially significant when you are riding a bicycle on a busy or main road where vehicular traffic may be going faster.

The Suffolk County Police Department offers bicycle safety training.  If anyone is interested, please feel free to contact our Community Response Bureau 852-6109.

Bicycling is fun, healthy, and a great family activity. But remember, a bicycle isn’t a toy, it’s a vehicle!

It is also important for drivers to be aware of bicyclists and share the road. Remember, you could save a life!

Author: Lynda LaCour

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