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vSAFETY continued from page 5 many stories of unfortunate injuries and deaths of bicyclists. “The car always wins in these cases and it doesn’t matter who is right or wrong.” Because of this Matt would like to see bicyclists and drivers share the public roadways in South Dakota and Nebraska. “I would like to help increase awareness of bicyclists on the roadways, and make drivers of automobiles more aware of their rights. South Dakota and Nebraska roadways should have no injuries/fatalities if both drivers and cyclists respect each other and follow the rules.” One law that Matt told me about just passed in 2015 and aims to further reduce the number of accidents between motorists and cyclists. Motorists across the state must now provide cyclists with a 3 foot “cushion” of space when passing at speed limits of 35 mph, and a 6 foot cushion at speed limits greater than 35 mph. Matt urges proper bike safety protocols and to know the laws as both a bicyclist and a motorist. “I would like to see the City/County of Yankton, and State of South Dakota and Nebraska continue to add more cycling trails, routes, and safety awareness opportunities so that more people of all ages can enjoy the exercise and transportation benefits of cycling.” With long, beautiful summer nights just around the corner, here are some helpful tips to make sure you and your loved ones are practicing the proper protocols for bike safety. Speaking from experience, it’s better to look “lame” with the bike helmet than to be in a bike accident without one. • Bicycles are vehicles with the same rights, rules and responsibilities as other road users; always share the road. • On every ride, wear a helmet that meets federal safety standards issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. To determine the correct helmet size, measure the rider’s head with a tape measure. • Adjust the helmet pads and straps so the fit is snug and level. The helmet should be worn 1-2 finger widths above the head, not tilted back on the crown or pulled low over the forehead. • If a helmet has been dropped hard or been in a crash, replace it. • Make sure the bicycle is the right size. When sitting on the seat with hands on the handlebar, the rider should be able to place the ball of each foot on the ground. • Check for traffic and be aware of the traffic around you. Over 70 percent of car-bicycle crashes occur at driveways or other intersections. Before riding into traffic: stop, look left, right, left again, and over your shoulder. • Ride single file in the same direction as other traffic and always use hand signals. • Wear bright clothes to be visible and avoid biking at night. • Adults and parents should be good role models and wear helmets too. vBy Brandi Bue We would love to hear about who and what inspires you. Know someone that should be featured in hervoice? Submit to: hervoiceonline.com THE BEST PLACE FOR YOUR BABY When you find out you are expecting, don’t travel for prenatal care. The best care for you and your baby is right here at home at Sanford Vermillion. Our team of family medicine experts is here to provide expert OB care throughout your entire pregnancy and delivery. Plus we offer free prenatal classes so you are ready for life with your new baby. To schedule an appointment, call (605) 677-3700. Mary Jo Olson, MD BE STRONG. BE HEALTHY. BE YOU. 018027-00281 11/16 14vHERVOICEvMAY/JUNE 2017 Anastasia Searcy, DO Heather Kleeman, DO

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