AAA Carolinas Encourages Cyclists to Bike to Work on National Bike to Work Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 16, 2019) – As part of National Bike Safety Month, Friday, May 17, is National Bike to Work Day and cyclists across the Carolinas and beyond are dusting off their helmets in preparation.

The event was created to promote environmentally-friendly and cost-saving alternatives to driving, while also encouraging adults to add a healthy exercise into their day.

“National Bike to Work Day is a fun way for employees to get outside, especially in nice weather, and switch up that same-old commute,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “Cyclists should never feel discouraged to ride because of their safety on the roads. It’s our duty as motorists to make the road a more welcoming place for them and this day is a great way to demonstrate that.”

For those biking to work tomorrow, and for cyclists year round, AAA offers the following safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet when biking.
  • Wear reflective gear if biking in the morning or evening. The reflective material shines off of passing car’s headlights.
  • Stay in the bike lanes or paths as much as possible.
  • Use hand signals when turning to alert vehicles behind you.
  • Look both ways before merging, turning or crossing a road.
  • Assume that drivers do not see you and behave accordingly.

AAA believes National Bike to Work Day is a good time to remind motorists of these tips for sharing the road:

  • Give cyclists their room – they have the same right to a lane as you do.
  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Check the medians.
  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the cyclist.
  • Do not engage with or honk at a cyclist as this may scare them into running off the road.
  • Slow down – only pass when it is legal to do so and you have a clear view that there is no oncoming traffic.

If a bicycle-related crash does occur, remember, it’s illegal to flee the scene. A recent AAA Foundation report found that hit-and-run crash deaths are on the rise, and most (65 percent) of the victims of these fatal hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians or bicyclists. Motorists involved in a bicycle-related crash should remain on scene, assist the injured and call 911.
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In total, the entire community benefits from National Bike to Work Day in many ways including:

  • Less traffic congestion
  • Stronger sense of community
  • New physical activity and healthier habits
  • Safer streets
  • Lower costs
  • Improved accessibility    ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.2 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. 

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For more information on this press release, please contact:

Public Relations Manager
Tiffany Wright
tmwright@aaacarolinas.com
Work : 704-737-8306
Cell : 704-569-7768