Bike to Work Day serves as reminder to share the road

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About 700 cyclists biked to work Friday around the Miami Valley as part of National Bike to Work Day.

“Great spot to clear your head and think as you’re riding along,” says Jordan Hart who is the Outdoor Recreation Specialist for Five Rivers MetroParks.

While hundreds of cyclists came out to Riverscape for the fresh air, exercise, and free pancake breakfast, it was an opportunity for officials to remind people the rules of the road.

“Bicyclists are a vehicle and are allowed to be in the lanes and in the road,” says Brent Anslinger, the Outdoor Recreation Program Manager for Five Rivers MetroParks.

Chuck Smith is chairman of the Ohio Bicycle Federation. He came out to raise awareness for Ohio’s new bicycle law.

“The idea is to promote our new three foot law in Ohio – the law that requires that motorists give us at least three feet of passing clearance,” says Smith.

Avid cyclist and Dayton Police Major Wendy Stiver was also in attendance to promote cycling safety.

“Give them a little space. Give them a little distance. Slow down, take a deep breath and relax,” says Stiver.

As bicycling season gets underway, officials are reminding people to watch out for cyclists, share the road, and pack a little patience.

“You’ll get where you’re going in plenty of time and it’s not worth taking that risk of causing serious harm to somebody,” says Stiver.

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