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Hit the road this summer with bicycle safety

John Coffelt, The Manchester Times Staff Writer

Seven-year-old Mason Johnson shows off the bicycle he won at the Old Stone Fort State Park/Manchester Recreation Department bike rodeo and parade. Johnson rode his new bike during the parade, a round trip ride to the state park and back. Staff photo by John Coffelt

No gas, little maintenance — the freedom of the road is truly free when riding a bicycle, but this carefree transportation requires some precautions to stay safe as possible.

“Always wear a helmet,” local certified instructor Joe Capezza of the Highland Rim Bicycle Club stresses first thing.

Before each ride, he performs the ABC Quick Check, to make certain the bicycle is ready for the journey.

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Dogs and Bikes Do Not Mix

Dogs are attracted to the spinning wheels and feet of the cyclist; even a friendly dog can cause you to fall and it hurts! Read on for what do to if you encounter a dog while riding and what the laws are in Tennessee related to dogs and their owners.

Tips to protect cyclists from dogs:

  • Watch for and announce dogs that chase.
  • Be very alert and keep both hands on the handlebars.
  • Sometimes, you can ignore a dog; in other cases, try a firm, loud “NO,” “HALT,” “HEY,” or “STOP.”
  • Hold your line in a group, if possible.
  • If the dog doesn’t stop, spray the dog with water or pepper stray.
  • Dismount your bike & put it between you and the dog.
  • Wear your Road ID every time you ride.

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