FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WTHI) - The roads can already be dangerous. But when you add in bicycles, it can be downright scary.
Dr. Roland Kohr has been an avid bicyclist since his high school years.
"It helps me keep my weight down. Comrarderie, I've made wonderful friends from my bike-riding companions. It's a wonderful exercise as far as I'm concerned," said Dr. Kohr.
But what should just be a delightful pastime can sometimes be dangerous, our sister station WTHI reports.
"A bike is 25 pounds of metal and rubber and plastic, and even with a rider on board maybe 200 pounds versus a 3,000 pound car."
But the danger doesn't stop on the roadway.
Indiana was named one of the least bicycle-friendly states last week in a survey by the League of American Bicyclists.
"One of the most frustrating things we see in this area of Vigo County is the county government's going to the cheapest way possible to fix roads which is chip and seal. And what were paved roads are suddenly gravel roads. Gravel is difficult to maneuver on for a bicycle or motorcycle. So there's increased risk for falling over, losing control, throwing up pieces of gravel. So what used to be many bike-friendly country roads are now becoming bike-friendly," said Dr. Kohr.
But with warmer weather upon us, cyclists will be out in droves enjoying the weather or getting in their exercise.
And it's important to remember to share the road.
"Basically, it's a matter of awareness, common courtesy, by drivers, by bicyclists, by walkers," said Dr. Kohr.
It's actually safer to bike in packs.
"It also helps being in a group. A motorist is more likely to see a group of bicyclists wearing our gaudy bike clothes, than a single, isolated cyclist."
But sometimes that's not always feasible, and one item that's proven to keep riders safe is a helmet.
"When I had my episode going up over the gate of the park three weeks ago, my helmet made contact with the pavement, but no head injuries," said Dr. Kohr.
But it all comes down to both driver and rider keeping a sharp eye.
"Respect, awareness and being defensive," said Dr. Kohr.
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