The last major road to be repaved is our most problematic, Bread and Cheese. The plan was for the county to complete after National grid installed gas mains. However, to date, mains are installed only to Rochelle. Since National Grid is unable to complete the entire road in time for fall paving, Suffolk County will now delay the repave until spring. They will do pothole repair before year end.
The cool weather is ideal for our biking enthusiasts but our narrow, hilly roads present challenges.
According to Injury Facts, about 1,100 deaths resulted from cyclists colliding with motor vehicles in 2015. With about 80 million bike riders sharing the road with millions of motorized vehicles, the importance of safety precautions in traffic cannot be overstated.
Use Your Head, Protect Your Noggin
Cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury by an estimated 60% and brain injury by 58%. That statistic makes sense when you consider the first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain, the results can be fatal.
Helmets must meet federal safety standards and should fit securely.
Follow These Rules to Keep Safe
- Get acquainted with traffic laws; cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists
- Know your bike’s capabilities
- Ride single-file in the direction of traffic, and watch for opening car doors and other hazards
- Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections
- Never hitch onto cars
- Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left again and over your shoulder
- Wear bright clothing and ride during the day
- If night riding can’t be avoided, wear reflective clothing
- Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes
A FINAL NOTE OF CAUTION REGARDING OUR EXPLODING DEER POPULATION: They are now donning their darker winter coats, making them especially hard to see at dawn and dusk, favorite foraging times.