Two wheels or four wheels follow these rules of the road
Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:41:55 GMT —
It's a sport that's picking up momentum in the Tri-States thanks to a local club.
"It's really a terrific atmosphere and a terrific group of people," Laura Sievert said.
The Quincy Bike Club has been around for more than 30 years but its recently seen an increase in members.
"They're so inclusive, they're going to take you under their wing and show you from that beginner stage to increasing your mileage, increasing your speed and moving up through the club if that's what you want," she said.
Club President Laura Sievert was a beginner when she first got involved.
"I started on a very cheap old bike and I didn't know what to expect so they've really gotten me a long way," she said. "They've gotten a long way and I biked 2,500 miles last year so we've come a long way."
August is Bike Safety Month in Quincy. Sievert says safety is one of the first thing the club teaches members. Bikers are told to be as visible as possible. They're encouraged to wear bright colors, put lights on their bikes and of course wear a helmet.
"Just a couple month back we had a member in the bike club that was just cruising along one morning, it was daylight out and luckily he had his helmet on because he hit an animal coming across the road," Bike Club Vice President Adam Duesterhaus said. "He went over the handle bars and his helmet saved him. His doctor said he would have had at least a concussion if it weren't for that helmet."
Knowing the rules of the road is important for bikers but it's also important for you when you're behind the wheel.
In Illinois it's the law to be at least three feet away from a bike when passing.
"The most important thing is to go slowly and make sure that the traffic is clear as you go around us," Sievert said. "The most common thing we see around us as a club is cars trying to pass us before they know there isn't any on coming traffic."
"It's not our intention to get in your way," Duesterhaus said. "that's not our intent. We want to enjoy the same road that you enjoy."
Because it's about getting to your destination safely.
"It's one road and whether you have two wheels or four wheels we can all make it safe for everybody out there," Duesterhaus said.
"The more safe we can be on the road both from a motorist and cyclist's perspective, the better off we're going to be," Sievert said. "Nobody wants to see a tragedy in the Tri-States."
You can get more bike safety tips by clicking, here.
If you interested in riding with the Quincy Bike Club check its schedule out, here.