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May kicks off bike safety month; a reminder to motorists

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

The Tennessee Valley is full of cyclists out on the roadways, and even though they have two wheels, they aren't always treated like vehicles by motorists.

"In this area people just get more irate when they see a cyclist versus a slow vehicle or a postal vehicle," said Charlotte Bastnagel, local Cyclist.

Bastnagel says cyclists are always on edge when riding in certain areas. "I've been harassed," said Bastnagel. "If I'm riding alone I make it a point to go only a few places. The battlefield being one of them."

Giving cyclists three ft on the road is law in TN and GA, although not everyone abides by it.

"Three ft is the law, but if you can, you want to give them even a little more room," said Aleq Boyle, US ACERS. "There could be a rock, an animal could dart out, there's all kinds of circumstances."

Boyle says education is one of the reasons why many motorists aren't sharing the streets, they don't always know the signs.

With families getting more active in biking, he says it's more important than ever to make sure you're always aware.

"School's going to be out, the days are longer, kids are going to be out and our kids are not always the quickest to abide by the rules and we want to pay more attention as motorists and be much more careful," said Boyle.

Boyle says when riding, everyone should wear a helmet. He also says parents should always know the route their kids are biking, and they should always keep a cell phone with them.

US ACERS, a group established to grow the cycling community, premier in North Georgia will be on May 16, in time for ride your bike to work week. You must register for the event; you can email the group at acers@buytag.us.

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