CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Spring is here and that means more people are going to be getting around town on two wheels.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Youngstown’s Outspokin’Wheelmen are teaming up to encourage all road users, including motorists and bicyclists, to respect each other and foster a safer transportation environment.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 726 pedal cyclists were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured in traffic crashes in 2012.
In Ohio, there were 19 bicycle-related fatalities in 2013. Over the last two years there were 53 fatalities and 4,295 injuries.
There were 66 bicycle accidents in Mahoning County between 2010 and 2012. Most of the accidents, 26, happened in Youngstown followed by Boardman with 11 and Austintown with 8. Two of those accidents were fatal.
Most accidents involve riders between 11 and 15 years old. Most drivers involved in the accidents were over 75 years old.
In 35 of the cases, the bicyclist was at fault. The driver was at fault in 23 of the accidents and eight accidents were listed as unknown. Bike 2010-2012 Tables
Safe bicycling tips:
- Wear proper gear
- Check your equipment, ensure proper size and function
- Ride wisely, learn and follow the rules of the road
- Stay focused, stay alert, ride defensively
- See and be seen at all times
Cyclists should always wear bright clothing that reflects light. A flashing red light on the back of bicycle, backpack or helmet is also advised.
Cyclists should also obey all traffic laws and ride on the right side of the road in the same direction as other vehicles.