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Bike Safety Tips For Bike To Work Week

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – May is National Bike Month, and this week marks Bike To Work Week. As you hop aboard your two-wheeler, there are a few safety tips you’ll want to keep in mind.

Natalie Kane talked with Kat McCarthy of Calhoun Cycle on Monday morning to make sure commuters get off on the right foot.

The first thing you’ll want to make sure is that your bicycle’s tires are fully inflated. The tire will say somewhere along the side how many PSI you should be inflating them.

Another important piece of safety equipment: lights. You’ll want to have both a headlight affixed to the front of your bike, as well as a taillight at the rear. That way you can see the road ahead of you and be seen by approaching vehicles.

Perhaps the most crucial piece of safety equipment is, of course, the helmet. Not only should you buy and wear a helmet, you should make especially sure that it fits your head properly. It should be covering your forehead.

A few more tips to heed for Bike To Work Week: Map out a route, add a basket or a bag, and commute with a co-worker. Also, bike in work clothes if you aren’t planning on breaking any speed records.

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