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Register, Ride, Win. May 10-16, 2014 Education is the key in all aspects of our daily life. It helps us in everything we do and provides the building blocks towards the advancement of a stronger community. As we move forward we can agree we would all like a stronger and safer place to live. If we educate, this is possible. This is especially important in the education of bicycling. When you are on a bike you are vulnerable and it can be intimidating. But if cyclists are educated, they will have the skills necessary to navigate traffic, ride in the correct places and overcome any doubt they may have had. Education has no limit nor does it expire. It is a gift that lasts a lifetime. With all the advantages that come with cycling it would be in our best interest to advocate bicycling education throughout all ages and abilities. Novice riders can become advanced riders, young riders become skilled older riders and non-riders get out there for the first time and feel that freedom. Most people are hesitant to ride due to uncertainty and again that lack of knowledge. So the solution is simple: Educate. This cannot be said enough. Educate people on the health benefits, the economic benefits, and benefits to the community. Educate them on the laws, the etiquette, the proper riding techniques and the responsibility that comes with riding their bicycles. The goal is to have everyone know and feel comfortable on their bike. They should feel like they belong and can ride safely where they would like to.

As a great start for riders, hand signals are very important. They are a way to show the vehicles behind you what you are planning to do and where you want to go. A left turn is signaled by holding the left arm straight away from the body pointing left. A right turn is signaled by bending the left arm straight up. It can also be signaled by using your right arm and pointing right. A stop is signaled by bending the left arm down with the hand flat and backwards. This signal can also be used to indicate that you are slowing down. Using these signals is very important and show vehicles that you are aware of the rules of the road. Rider etiquette is also important to understand. Riding on the road is a great way to commute, run errands or just get where you want to go. Remember that as a rider you have responsibilities and rules that you must follow too. Stopping at a red light and stop signs, traveling and staying in your lane, proper signaling and being courteous to other riders and vehicles are very important. Riding on paths is also a great way to get around or just unwind on a leisurely ride. There are several great paths to ride on locally that are a great way to enjoy our community, enjoy the scenery, and give your body some exercise. Choosing a path is up to you. Some people prefer a tough more challenging ride and some prefer a less intense, leisure ride. This is a great way to explore your community and understand what is right

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Riders Should Learn Basic Cycling Education by Albert Jacquez for you. Also, in the world of technology that we live in there are several apps available for smart phones

that allow you to track, record, mark bike racks, and save your favorite rides. â–

Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance Bike to Work  

This publication was printed through a collaboration between the Northern Nevada Business Weekly and the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance.

Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance Bike to Work  

This publication was printed through a collaboration between the Northern Nevada Business Weekly and the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance.

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