May is National Bike Month, and it’s a great time to celebrate all that bicycling offers to us as individuals and a community.
Cyclists ride their bikes for many reasons—I ride for the fantastic health benefits and to enjoy some fresh air. Others ride to save money, avoid traffic, preserve the environment, or just for the fun of it!
Many of my friends say bicycling is their favorite way to get around when visiting a new place, and Ernest Hemingway agreed with them: “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”
I encourage you to tour Fort Worth on one of our Fort Worth Bike Sharing bicycles! I’ve found that you just can’t be grumpy and ride a bicycle at the same time, and I promise you’ll find something you never noticed before. It’s a great way to explore Fort Worth!
Now, with more bicycles than ever sharing the road with vehicles, safety is paramount for all of us. My office gets an equal number of complaints from motorists and cyclists about the others’ behavior. Let’s review some safety tips to remember as we traverse our great city:
- You MUST ride in the direction of traffic—it’s the law!
- Respect pedestrians like you want cars to respect you. Stay off the sidewalks.
- Helmets aren’t stylish—but neither is a brain injury. Protect your noodle.
- Use directional hand signals when you’re turning—motorists can’t read your mind.
- Remember that sometimes motorists cannot see you. Exercise caution.
- Bicycles are vehicles! Follow all traffic rules—you’re very vulnerable to injury.
- Don’t use headphones to while cycling; you may not hear danger coming from behind.
- Bike lanes are for bikes—not cars.
- Bicycles are vehicles in Texas and are entitled to the same rights of the road.
- Give at least 3 feet of passing clearance to cyclists—it’s the law!
- Don’t honk unnecessarily—the noise could startle the cyclist and cause a crash.
- Appreciate cyclists—they are taking cars off our busy roads!
Let’s all share the road and be safe. This is the perfect time to appreciate that we all have a right to travel the road safely and a responsibility to obey traffic rules and respect other vehicles.
See y’all out on the road!
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. A successful business owner and lifelong public servant, Price uses this forum to ensure transparency and inform residents of issues and programs that affect their daily lives.
About Mayor Price
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Read the mayor's bio »
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