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