Cycling safety seminar preps for bike to work week

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Updated: 5/05/2013 11:24 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Reno Bike Project wants to make sure people are safe out on the roads next week and beyond. 

There's one easy way to make your ride safer no matter where it is - always wear a helmet.

"I've seen people wreck without a helmet and even a short fall can be really, really bad," Lisa Schmidt said.

Schmidt got a free helmet as part of a safe cycling seminar.

"We are having this seminar in support of bike to work week," said Austin Wallis, public relations coordinator for Reno Bike Project.

Bikers are gearing up to hit the road by learning every day safety tips.

"When I'm on the road sometimes I'm a little bit afraid," Robin Dechent said. "This course might give me some more courage to ride a little more often."

Johnny Daggett taught the class and said that confidence is important, especially if you've had a cycing scare before.

"Either [you] get hit or you have a close call and you end up just not riding your bike after that," Daggett said.

Wallis said many bikers make the same mistakes.

"They run red lights," she said. "You have to remember that you are also a vehicle on the road."
So even though you're riding a bike you need to think like you're driving a car.

Daggett said that helps drivers anticipate bikers' actions.

"Everyone knows and is expecting you to be in the right lane, signal which way, stop at stop signs," Daggett said.

The seminar focused on techniques like stopping, swerving and turning safely.

"I thought the drills were really fun kind of scary for certain ones like when I had to do a quick turn," Lisa Godenick said. "But [they were] helpful because it's all muscle memory."

The cyclists said the tips will help them be safer not only on two wheels but also on four. 

"It was really really educational not just for bike riding, but I'll be more aware when I'm driving too," Schmidt said.

If you couldn't make it out to the event it's not too late to get a free helmet from the Reno Bike Project. For more information click here.
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