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Traffic anchor gives tips on how to stay safe in the heat while bicycling

Law states vehicles must give 3 feet of room while passing bicyclists

We are now settling into July and that means, it is hot.  And here in Central Florida, that doesn't keep people from going outdoors and doing things like walking and biking.

Traffic anchor Amy Biondello has some tips for bike riders and drivers for staying safe in the heat.
 
No matter how hot temperatures rise, many Floridians still rely on bicycles or walking as their mode of transportation. Even when you’re in your car with the AC blasting, there are bikes and pedestrians all around.

“We are a state where these people can ride their motorcycle, ride their bicycle and walk year round, all day and all night,” Sgt. Kim Montes, Florida Highway Patrol said.

In order for all of us to do our part to stay safe, no matter what type of transportation you are using, first and foremost you must be cautious.

If you’re on a bicycle or on foot, always stop and look all directions before crossing the street and stay safely on the sidewalk until it’s clear to cross.

If you’re at a major intersection, hit the push-to-walk button and wait until the sign tells you it’s safe to cross. The same rules apply to both those on foot and cyclists crossing traffic rather than driving with it.

And make sure you keep hydrated, and stop and rest in the shade as often as necessary.
For those in vehicles, use the same “stop and look” procedure before you start moving through an intersection.

Even when the light is green, looking out for those in a more vulnerable position helps everyone.

“In a car you’ve got metal all around you, on a bicycle, as you’re walking, even on a motorcycle, that protection is not there. That’s why those people are more likely to be injured and die in crashes,” Montes said.

And make sure to give bicycles ample space to move. It’s not just courteous, it’s the law.

“A lot of people don’t realize, you have to give them three feet when you are passing them in the same direction, that’s a law. And if you don’t give them three feet, you can be ticketed,” Montes said.