Bike Safety Awareness

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As the weather warms up, its becoming more common to see both kids and adults outside enjoying the nicer temperatures.

While the sight might be a breath of fresh air to see, it's important to keep the safety of those hitting the streets in mind.

"There's gonna be an increase of bikers and pedestrians out and about as the weather gets nicer," says Leutenient Nathan Pekarski of the Wausau Police Department.

"We all have to share the road ways. and we all have to be courtious of one another and respect one another," added Pekarski.

He says motorists often overlook that bicycles are vehichles, too.

Cyclist Johnathan Raduechel says their agression is noticable and riding on the streets is not always easy.

"It can be a little fierce at times because sometimes cars honk or people throw things out of their car," Raduechel said. "And the roads are bumpy and sidewalks are bumpy."

Pekarski says it isn't only the motorists job to make sure cyclists are safe.

Those on bikes must remember to follow traffic laws and wear proper safety gear.

Reminders, like those, are exactly what Donna Heil is teaching her son as he learns how to ride.

"I make sure they stop at the stop signs," says Heil. "When we're out on the roads, I make sure they wear their helmets."

Pekarski gave us some quick tips to assure biker's safety.

Cyclists should only ride when it is light out, wear bright colors that stand out like orange or yellow, be cautious when entering the roadway and, last but not least, wear a helmet.

On top of those tips, Heil has some of her own advice for parents teaching their kids how to ride.

"Watch your kids," she says. "Making sure that they're being safe. If you're riding with them, making sure you have them in the middle or the parent is on the end that way cars are more aware."


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