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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ohio State bikers should be ‘extra careful’ as fall and winter loom [The Lantern]


The first month of classes was riddled with bicycle-related accidents on and around campus, and as the leaves begin to fall, bikers will have even more obstacles to dodge.

Bicyclists face various challenges to safety when riding in the fall and winter, including wet or slick roads, ice, snow or wet leaves on the roads, potholes and less daylight.

Meredith Joy, executive director and founder of Yay Bikes!, a nonprofit organization that promotes bicycling as an alternative to driving in Columbus, said there are several factors that cyclists should be aware of when riding in the winter.

“Wet leaves can be really slippery, wet leaves can also obscure things underneath on the road, and potholes can all lead to crashes,” Joy said. “Reducing the air pressure in your tires a little bit can be helpful in accommodating for the road conditions.”

Despite the additional obstacles with the change of seasons, NickChenoweth, a third-year in mechanical engineering, said he expects the number of bike-related accidents on campus to decrease in the winter.

“I feel there are a lot of people that ride their bikes right now that will not be riding in the winter time,” Chenoweth said. “There will be less cycle traffic, and therefore probably less accidents.”

Continue reading at The Lantern

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