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“North Dakota Share the Road Safety Week” Bicycle Ride on June 12

“North Dakota Share the Road Safety Week” Bicycle Ride on June 12

For Immediate Release: Jun 04 2019
Bismarck, ND – In celebration of the 4th year of “North Dakota Share the Road Safety Week” proclamation, declared by former Governor Jack Dalyrymple, the North Dakota Active Transportation Alliance (NDATA) is hosting a free bicycle ride for the public on Wednesday, June 12 at 6:00pm starting at the Memorial Library steps on the Capitol Grounds.
 
There will be pre-ride presentations, followed by a family-friendly, seven to ten mile bike ride starting at 6:30pm and will finish at the Memorial Library steps on the Capitol Grounds around 7:30pm. Helmets are required to participate in the bicycle ride.
 
NDATA wants to remind travelers that we all have responsibilities when it comes to safely sharing the road and encourages motorists and bicyclists to follow a few safety tips.  Following these tips can help reach the state’s Vision Zero goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.
 
Motorists can share the road with bicyclists by following these tips:
  • Obey traffic laws so you can be predictable to others.
  • Allow at least three feet when passing a bicyclist. This may mean waiting and being patient to pass until it is safe to do so.
  • Show common courtesy and respect on the road.
  • Focus on the road and drive distraction free.
 
Bicyclists should follow these tips when riding:
  • Obey traffic signs and signals. Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like any vehicle.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Never ride against traffic. Motorists aren’t looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road.
  • Follow lane markings and use hand signals.
  • Use a light at night. The law requires a white headlight and a rear reflector or taillight at night.
 
For more information, find NDATA on Facebook.



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Lead Agencies:

ND State Highway Patrol
ND DOT
ND Department of Health