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Cycling safety urged by city police

More people are enjoying their bicycles, making it imperative for motorists and bicyclists to be extra alert while out on the roads and trails, according to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

Here are a few important reminders about rules of the road for those on two wheels:

— Bicycle riders and automobile drivers follow the same rules and have the same rights. While on the road, bicyclists must travel the same direction as cars.

— Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times, and do not allow anyone to ride on the handlebars. The only passenger allowed on a nontandem bike is a child younger than 4 years or weighing 40 pounds or less, who has a child seat in place.

— Signal before making turns.

— Never wear headphones that cover both ears.

— Make sure the bicycle is properly equipped. This includes handlebars at the correct height, brakes in good working order, and lights for riding at night. For specific requirements, the information may be obtained from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department or any bicycle shop.

— Always wear a helmet. Helmets are mandatory for everyone under the age of 18, but should be worn by everyone. Statistics show that 85 percent of head injuries to children can be avoided if they wear helmets.

For details regarding bicycle safety and related laws, contact Officer Chuck Owens, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, 1352 Johnson Blvd., or call (530) 542-6100.

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