It's National Bike Month and we shared all of the great events going on in the area with you and Gordy interviewed Rice County Public Health SHIP Coordinator Josh Ramaker,  but I thought it might also be a great do a refresher on some safety tips to be kept in mind while biking.

Whether you haven't biked in a long time or are an avid bike rider, it never hurts to be reminded of a few simple safety tips that can help to keep you safe so you can better enjoy your time.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riders should always wear a helmet and remain visible by wearing neon or reflective tape. When biking, you should remain alert to your surroundings, paying attention to cars and potential road hazards. Bikers should go with the flow of traffic and are expected to obey all traffic laws.

Additionally, it is recommended by the League of American Bicyclists that you use bike signals when out riding. If you are taking a left turn, signal by stretching your left arm straight out to the left from your body. To signal a right turn, stretch your right arm out fully, or you may extend your left arm and bend it at the elbow with a flat hand. If you are slowing down or stopping, signal by holding your left arm at a right angle with an open hand.

Locally, we are lucky to have 10 miles of paths at the River Bend Nature Center and the Sakatah Trail. Happy biking!