The Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 12, 1979 Page: 3 of 36
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By BETSY BEUKE
Whether used for transportation or
pleasure bicycles have increased in
popularity in recent years. According to
the National Safety Council (NSC)
there are about 100 million bicycles in
use in this country today.
IN 19771000 bicyclists were killed in
bicycle-motor vehicle collisions
another 40000 received disabling in-
juries according to NSC statistics. Chil-
dren age 14 and under were involved irt
48 percent of the bicycle-motor vehicle
accidents young adults ages 15-24
accounted for 33 percent and adults 25
and over were involved in 19 percent of
Bicycle accidents should not be taken
lightly. Consider the effects of a 4000
pound motor vehicle colliding with a
ten-speed ridden by a person
about 160 pounds. Consider also the
characteristics common to most bicy-
More than half occur at intersections.
Over 50 percent involve a violation on
the part of either the cyclist or the
motorist or both. The motorist didn't
see the cyclist at all or not in time to
avoid a collision.
SEVENTY PERCENT OCCUR dur-
ing daylight hours 50 percent between
2 and 6 p.m.
Twenty percent of the bicycles in-
volved had some mechanical defect
which may have contributed to the
The violations bicyclists are most
often guilty of include: failure to yield
right-of-way riding in the middle of the
street going too fast for conditions
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disregarding traffic signs or signals
riding against the flow of traffic and
making improper turns.
While bicyclists may frequently be
guilty of breaking these rules and reg-
ulations motor vehicle operators
should be aware that people riding
bicycles have the same rights and
duties as any other driver on the
ALL CYCLISTS SHOULD be familiar
with the laws governing bicycling in the
local community. This information is
usually available at the police depart-
mentor local safety council office. If a
local ordinance does not exist concern-
ing the operation of bicycles they
should be considered vehicles and sub-
ject to all applicable rules regulations
traffic signs signals markings and
other control devices.
Basic traffic regulations concerning
bicycles are contained in Article XII of
the Model Traffic Ordinance which cov-
ers the regulations registration apd
inspection of bicycles and can be
obtained at local police stations.
Operating a two-wheeler on a side-
walk according to some state vehicle
codes is a misdemeanor. Some areas
however allow cyclists to operate their
vehicles on sidewalks and in areas de-
signated bicycle routes. Where bicycl-
ing on sidewalks is allowed cyclists
should take care to prevent pedestrian-
ALTHOUGH LAWS AND codes gov-
ern the proper use of bicycles some
cyclists insist on taking their lives in
their hands when they drive against
traffic sneak out from behind parked
cars zig-^ig in and out or fail to
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observe local traffic regulations.
Parents who buy their children bicy-
cles should ensure the child has the
skill knowledge and maturity to cope
with traffic before allowing them on the
street. Part of growing up is learning to
obey traffic regulations and taking on
Safety rules and precautions bicyc-
lists can take to improve their chance of
survival on the highway include:
Ride with the flow of traffic. Motor-
mists don't expect traffic coming at them
from the wrong direction when they're
making right turns. Driving against
traffic is illegal in all states.
USE HAND SIGNALS signaling
intention to turn slow down or stop will
give motorists the opportunity to antici-
pate a cyclist's movements.
When waiting at a red light the cyclist
should position himself to avoid inter-
fering with cars turning right on red
now permitted in many states.
Wear white or reflective colors at
night and equip bicycle with headlight
reflector and horn or bell.
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Always walk a bicycle across a busy
Although cyclists may take all the
necessary safety precautions and drive
defensively the possibility of an acci-
dent remains. The initial impact of car
and two-wheeler is not always the
most damaging to the cyclist accord-
ing to studies conducted at UCLA. The
impact with pavement and exposure to
being run over by the striking vehicle or
another car may produce more serious
injuries than the impact.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF such an
accident will vary. One participant may
face a lawsuit loss of driving pri-
vileges a fine and/or jail. The cyclist
usually comes out with bumps bruises
and scratches or worse.
Undersized and overlooked bicyc-
lists must make sure they follow the
traffic regulations in areas where they
"ycle. Motorists should be on the look-
out for bike riders at all times. Some-
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The Fort Hood Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 38, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 12, 1979, newspaper, April 12, 1979; Temple, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth309394/m1/3/?rotate=270: accessed June 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Casey Memorial Library.