BICYCLIST URGES COMMON SENSE

by Christian Mower on July 12, 2013

WITH MUCH IMPROVED WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE WEEKEND, IT’S LIKELY MORE BICYCLISTS WILL BE TAKING TO THE ROADS TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS.

AUTHOR MARTY BASCH – WHO WRITES A BICYCLE COLUMN FOR THE CONWAY DAILY SUN AND PENNED A WHITE MOUNTAIN RIDE GUIDE – HAS BEEN RIDING BICYCLES FOR DECADES AND IS VERY FAMILIAR WITH RIDING CONDITIONS ON THE ROADS – AND ON THE TRAILS – IN THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE.

HE URGES EVERYONE OUT ON THE ROADS AND TRAILS – WHETHER RIDING IN A CAR, ON A MOTORCYCLE OR BICYCLE – TO REALIZE THE ROADS AND TRAILS HAVE TO BE SHARED – AND TO USE COMMON SENSE. BIKE RIDERS SHOULD RIDE WITH TRAFFIC AND WEAR A HELMET. NEW HAMPSHIRE LAW REQUIRES KIDS UP TO 16 TO WEAR A HELMET AND BASCH SAYS IT’S A GOOD IDEA FOR ADULTS AS WELL.

BASCH SAYS BIKE RIDERS SHOULD COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER PEOPLE USING THE ROADS AND TRAILS, USE HAND SIGNALS AND ADHERE TO ALL THE RULES OF THE ROAD. THAT MEANS STOPPING AT STOP SIGNS AND RED LIGHTS. RIDERS RIDING NEAR DUSK AND DAWN SHOULD HAVE WORKING LIGHTS ON THEIR BIKES AND BASCH SAYS CARRYING A LOCK TO SECURE YOUR BIKE IS A GOOD IDEA.

BASCH HOPES VEHICLE DRIVERS WILL REALIZE BIKE RIDERS CAN SOMETIMES ENCOUNTER BROKEN PAVEMENT OR OTHER OBSTACLES ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

HE URGES EVERYONE TO ANTICIPATE WHAT MAY HAPPEN, LOOK AHEAD AND BE COGNIZANT OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT, BE PLEASANT AND PLAY BY THE RULES.

BASCH SAYS HE LIKES THE RIDING LIFESTYLE BECAUSE IT GIVES HIM A FEELING OF FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE, AND I’T SOMETHING HE CAN DO SITTING DOWN.

BASCH IS A MEMBER OF THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY BICYCLING CLUB THAT SPONSORS FREQUENT GROUP BIKE RIDES AND HAS A MISSION STATEMENT TO PROMOTE SAFE CYCLING, UNITE CYCLISTS AND FOSTER YOUTH CYCLING THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY.

FOR MORE RIDING SAFEY AND PREPARATION TIPS, SEE THE CLUB’S WEBSITE AT www.mwvbicyclingclub.org.

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