It’s the first full week of spring and while it’s not bicycle-riding weather yet, Nebraskans will soon be zipping around on their bikes. A new survey finds many Nebraskans who enjoy pedalling their two-wheelers could use a refresher course in the state’s cycling laws.
Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA-Nebraska, says the results were something of a surprise.
“We found that 61% of Nebraskans believe they know the bicycle laws in their state,” Weinholzer says. “That means almost a third admit to riding a bicycle and not knowing the laws of the state.”
Studies find that wearing a bicycle helmet can prevent 85% of all traumatic brain injuries in cycling accidents, but many Nebraskans who were polled don’t bother to buckle one on.
“There isn’t a helmet law for bicyclists, but we do know that of Nebraskans surveyed, nearly 59% said they sometimes wear a helmet,” Weinholzer says. “Again, that means more than one-third don’t wear a helmet, ever.”
Before pumping up the tires and heading out on the trail for the first time this spring, she suggests cycling enthusiasts review the safety recommendations and familiarize themselves with the laws.
“The most important thing I would remind people, if they’re biking on roadways, you bike with traffic,” Weinholzer says. “Many times, people think they should be riding into traffic, but that typically has more to do with pedestrians. Make sure you obey all of the traffic safety laws that other vehicles need to obey. You’re not exempt. You still have to stop for stop signs and red lights and those sorts of things.”
For more tips on choosing a bike and helmet, as well as maintaining and riding a bike, download Bike Basics – The AAA Guide to a Great Ride here: