MASON CITY, Iowa – Two fatal bike crashes in one week has led mason city police officers to stress the importance bike safety.
Mason City police officer, Mike McKelvey, spoke with us Tuesday about the importance of safety on the road for both cyclists and drivers.
McKelvey said that besides wearing a helmet and making complete stops at intersections, bikers should be more aware of their surroundings and shouldn’t assume cars will always give them the right of way.
“Bicyclists have to obey all of the traffic laws of the motoring public,” McKelvey said, “so we try to just let them know they have to obey stop signs, moving violations, things like that.”
Officer McKelvey also suggested that drivers need to be more aware of others when they are on the road. He said drivers should “always look for those kids or adults that aren’t paying attention or maybe dart out into traffic.”
Cyclists should remember to ride with a light on at night and to take extra precaution when biking around vehicles.