Hi <<First Name>>,
This newsletter is a reminder that with the new riding season, its time for some "Spring Cleaning" and planning of the special events.
Under the ICE tab (In Case of Emergency) on our blog, check the FOGBEE Emergency Numbers to be sure we have your latest. While you're there, read what is on the page. Every year, we have accidents. If you are hurt, it is important that those on the ride with you know what to do.
Also, check out the Bike Safety TAB, especially click on the Safety Guidelines for Group Riding. According to John Forrester, bicyclists are responsible for 76% of their own accidents.
Every year the club has bicyclists hurt, sometime seriously, by other bicyclists when tightly grouping together at a stop. Unclipping errors, inattention errors, or just lack of experience errors are the cause. Solution - anticipate stops (e.g. red lights, stop signs, etc) and stay in line; stay alert. It's not a race. Everybody should not pull together at a stop in order to be the "first off the block.". The veterans know to "hang back" and stay away from the newbees.
Lastly, check out Bike Law tab. A few considerations, by TN State Law, bicyclists are:
- not permitted to ride more than TWO abreast,
- must yield if they are holding up traffic,
- must abide by same traffic control as motorists, and
- must ride as far to the right as practicable.
Every one of us have experienced the ignorant motorist. Do not make matters worst by engaging them. Their speedy two-ton vehicle has the advantage over your much slower 20-pound bike. Consider the intelligence of the source; ignore them.