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Bikes save gas, but pose other dangers

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

July 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the price of gas continues to increase, you may see more people ditch four wheels for two. Motorcycles, mopeds, even bicycles are becoming the main mode of transportation for folks who don't want to shell out big bucks for gas.

At the Marine Base in Albany, at least half a dozen marines now commute to the base on bikes. It saves money, but now there's another problem, making sure they stay safe on the road.

It's a beautiful day for a bike ride. And Capt. Bill Slack has already taken quite a long one. "It's about a 17 mile trek one way to work and back," he said.  "It's a quite lengthy ordeal, but obviously helps you stay in shape and it helps on the pocketbook."

And that's why the 13 year Marine hops on his bike at his Lee County home each morning and rides to work at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany. "Especially now that the gas prices have jumped up, started referring to the bike on days when I can."

But there are dangers lurking around each turn. Most of those dangers come from those of us who still use the more common, four wheeled mode of transportation. "The motorists need to be aware that as the gas prices are driving up, that more and more folks are going to be on the road, using alternate methods of transportation like a bike, mopeds, motorcycles and such." And it's a responsibility of both parties to share the road. And both parties have to follow the rules of the road.

Here are a couple of tips for cyclists: 1-Always go with the flow of traffic, not against it. 2-Make sure to wear a helmet. 3-If you ride at night, a light and appropriate reflectors must be attached to the bike.

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