Cycling group rides to raise bike safety awareness

Published 07/25 2014 10:11PM

Updated 07/25 2014 10:30PM

The Critical Mass ride brings awareness to cyclists on the road.

Cyclist Stephen Pederson said "The main thing with cars is just be aware. We know texting and driving is a big problem and just careless driving in general."

Thomas Carlson has a car but he likes to take his bike out for small errands.

"I work so far out I have to drive but when I'm home I park the car," said Carlson. "I go shopping on the bicycle, I'll go see my mom down the ways or whatever I need to do."

There is a law in Louisiana that requires cars to keep at least 3 feet of space between themselves and a cyclist when passing, but Stephen Pederson says that doesn't always happen.

"That's the thing that scares cyclists most is passing on hills or passing on curbs when we feel like we're being pushed over."

Safety is also important to the cyclists.

"I practice taking the lane, and using hand signals, just being an aware cyclist is the main thing," said Pederson. "You have control of your own safety."

The Critical Mass bike ride is every last Friday of the month. Meet up is at 6:30 pm and they ride out at 7:00 pm.

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