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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

May Is National Bike Month

It stands to reason that with spring in full swing and the warm weather, May is designated as National Bike Month.

You may have seen an increase in police officers on bicycle’s or even an increase in commuter traffic on bicycles as well, May is a great month to start getting outside more and enjoying the seasonal weather on two wheels.

National Bike Month is not only about getting outside more but it is also about bike safety and education. Across the country there are several community events scheduled that teach about the benefits of biking for both business and pleasure.

Over the past year the City of Norfolk and the Downtown Norfolk Council have taken the initiative to make the downtown corridor more bike friendly. Throughout downtown there are bike paths that help promote a safe and friendly biking environment. However, it is also worth mentioning a few rules of the road when either riding a bike or driving around one:

1. Follow the law; you have the same rights as drivers.

2. Be predictable - make your intentions clear to everyone on the road.

3. Be conspicuous - ride where people can see you and wear bright colors.

4. Think ahead - anticipate what other drivers, pedestrians and even bicyclists will do

5. Ride ready - make sure your bike is up to the task before hitting the road

I hope that May and National Bike Month gets you out more, look for an increase in officers on bicycles patrolling downtown.

As always, keep those tips and suggestions coming to eric.flax@norfolk.gov.

I look forward to seeing you in the Green Sector Downtown.

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