MANKATO (TEC News) - Research shows that the number of Minnesota bicyclists killed or injured while riding increases during the warmer summer months.
In the past five years, 2008 to 2012, 44 bicyclists were killed on Minnesota roads, and 4,599 were injured. During that five-year stretch, more than 50 percent of the deaths and 60 percent of the injuries occurred between June and September, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Simply put, as the weather warms between June and September, more bicyclists head outside for the trail systems and roads, said MnDOT public affairs coordinator, Rebecca Arndt.
To help reduce the number of deaths and injuries, bicyclists should wear bright colors and helmets, obey all traffic laws, communicate intentions with motorists, and not wear headphones, and even though it seems unsafe for a bicyclist to ride on the road with traffic, they do have the right to be there, said Arndt: Arndt 2 B "the interstate" :9
Motorists can help reduce the number of deaths and injuries by remaining attentive, giving bicyclists more than three feet of room, and yielding to the right of way.
Half of all bicycle-vehicle crashes on Minnesota roads are caused by both the motorist and bicyclist.