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April 26, 2024
EMPHASIS: May Is Bicycle Safety Month!

Warmer weather encourages people to be more active outdoors. In the coming weeks, more and more bicycles will be sharing the road with motorists. May is Bicycle Safety Month, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages motorists and bicyclists to stay alert and be courteous. Preliminary statistics for 2023 indicate eight people were killed and 438 injured in 522 traffic crashes involving a bicycle. Please know the law regarding operating a bicycle and be a safe rider.

Did you know?

It is important that bicyclists understand local ordinances regarding riding a bicycle. For instance, in some municipalities, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk in a business district is prohibited.

When riding a bicycle after dark, the bicycles must have the following:

Penalties for violations of this law range from not less than $5 to not more than $25 for people 17 years of age or older. For those under 17, a provision allows an officer witnessing a violation to impound the bicycle for a period not to exceed five days.

When riding your bicycle, follow these important safety tips:

Please pay attention whether you're driving a vehicle or riding a bicycle. Understand and obey the law and make safety a priority. Reviewing bicycle safety guidelines and traffic laws is a great way to prepare for the bicycling season.

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